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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’
- ‘In contrast, the countertenors of the past sang in full voice, resorting to falsetto only at the high range.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1A singer using the falsetto method of voice production.
- ‘One second he's a falsetto, the next he's a baritone.’
- 1.2A voice or sound that is unusually high.‘Philip answered in a prim falsetto’[as modifier] ‘a falsetto voice’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then he sprints off again, and is soon delivering spine-tingling power falsettos into his microphone.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century: from Italian, diminutive of falso false, from Latin falsus (see false).
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