One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A method of voice production used by male singers, especially tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range.‘he sang in a piercing falsetto’
- ‘There are other songs where I might have written the melody lower but when I tried to sing them and project with any sort of volume, it just didn't work, so I had to go up and octave and sing it in falsetto.’
- ‘I found that when I sang falsetto, I could tune my voice more and control it.’
- ‘In contrast, the countertenors of the past sang in full voice, resorting to falsetto only at the high range.’
- ‘Stout and scruffy, the 36-year-old Daniels looks more suited to a football field than La Fenice, but as a countertenor, the highest male voice in opera, he sings in a falsetto.’
- ‘In Cyrus's version, his words are backed up in the chorus and briefly in the third verse by two male voices singing in a falsetto.’
- 1.1 A singer using the falsetto method of voice production.
- ‘One second he's a falsetto, the next he's a baritone.’
- 1.2 A voice or sound that is unusually high.‘Philip answered in a prim falsetto’as modifier ‘a falsetto voice’
- ‘Smith takes more vocal chances on Hill, giving us his bright falsetto often and almost without apology - almost.’
- ‘He places his melodies near the top of his range to sound more fragile, so the tunes straddle the break between his radiant tenor voice and his falsetto.’
- ‘Then he sprints off again, and is soon delivering spine-tingling power falsettos into his microphone.’
- ‘It was the job of the Designated Safety Officer to read us the half-sheet of safety instructions, in his best falsetto, and ensure that we violated none of them.’
- ‘Marcia tells Marty that she loves his falsetto, and asked why he didn't do more of it.’
Late 18th century: from Italian, diminutive of falso ‘false’, from Latin falsus (see false).
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