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Definition of the noun alto

What does alto mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: altos

  1. a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
  2. the lowest female singing voice
  3. the highest adult male singing voice
  4. (of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: pitch = the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  5. the pitch range of the lowest female voice
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: pitch = the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

Alternative definition of the noun alto


  1. A musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody.
  2. A person or instrument that performs the alto part

Definition of the adjective alto

What does alto mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. of or being the lowest female voice
  2. of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
  3. (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group


  1. Alto is a town in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,225 at the 2010 census.
  2. Alto is a town in Banks, Habersham, and Hall counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 1,172.
  3. Alto is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 110 kilometres south of Turin and about 45 kilometres southeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 113 and an area of 7.6 square kilometres.
  4. Alto is an unincorporated community in Bowne Township, Kent County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated on Pratt Lake Creek, at the intersection of Bancroft Avenue and 60th Street, just west of M-50, about two miles south of exit 52 off I-96.
  5. Alto is an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States. It is located in the Lincoln National Forest, five miles north of the village of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Alto is located at 7,300 feet. Alto received its name from the Spanish word "high" because of its elevation.
  6. Alto is a town in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,103 at the 2000 census. The unincorporated community of Alto is located in the town.
  7. Alto is a neighborhood of Kokomo in Harrison Township, Howard County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Alto was annexed into the city of Kokomo January 1, 2012.
  8. Alto a.k.a. Alto, California: Alto is a census-designated place adjacent to Mill Valley in Marin County, California. It lies at an elevation of 26 feet. The population was 711 at the 2010 census.
  9. Alto a.k.a. Alto, Louisiana: Alto is an unincorporated community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, United States.

There are other places with in their name, like El Alto, Alto Pass, alto verá, Mont Alto, Saín Alto, alto baudó, Alto Douro, Alto Feliz, Alto Santo, Mount Alto, Pouso Alto, Zoldo Alto, Albero Alto, Alto Alegre, Alto Cauale, Alto Garças, Alto Lucero, Alto Paraná, Arroyo Alto and Bairro Alto.


Who is Alto?

Alto a.k.a. Alto Pappert is a musical artist, musician.


  1. ALTO is an interbank network in Indonesia. It was founded in 1994.
  2. alto is a record label.


Alto a.k.a. Ryou Shirogane is a fictional character from the Japanese manga and anime series Tokyo Mew Mew.


  1. "Alto" is a musical album of Ali Ryerson & Joe Beck.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Alto" is a musical album of Alto Pappert.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  3. "Alto" is a musical album of El Centro.


  1. ALTO is an open XML standard to describe OCR text and layout information of printed documents. It is often used with METS standard.
  2. Alto was a restaurant in New York City.

Phrases with Alto

Phrases starting with the word Alto:

  1. alto clef
  2. alto relievo
  3. alto rilievo
  4. Alto-relievo
  5. Alto saxophone
  6. alto saxophonist

Phrases ending with the word Alto:

  1. palo alto
  2. Uno Ab Alto
  3. Alpaida alto
  4. Philautus alto
  5. Scissurella Alto
  6. Pseudophilautus Alto
  7. species Alpaida alto
  8. species Philautus alto

Other phrases containing the word Alto:

  1. Iris Alto-Barbata
  2. Palo Alto Thistle
  3. trentino-alto adige
  4. Acroporium Alto-Pungens
  5. Vaccinium alto-montanum
  6. Ipomoea Alto-Paranaensis

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alto

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Google previewThe Plan and Scope of a Vergil Lexicon (1904)

With Specimen Articles by Monroe Nichols Wetmore

pedem Tiberinus ab alto. — A. IX.

Google previewA Dictionary for the Modern Conductor (2015)

by Emily Freeman Brown

alto clarinet in E-flat. While it is more or less a standard in the concert band or wind ensemble, the alto clarinet is almost never used in the orchestra. It does appear in some important pieces of the twentieth century, including the original version ...

Google previewMusic Lovers' Encyclopedia (1919)

Containing a Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Terms, Instruments, &c., Including a Key to the Pronunciation of Sixteen Languages, Many Charts; an Explanation of the Construction of Music for the Uninitiated; a Pronouncing Biographical Dictionary; the Stories of the Operas; and Numerous Biographical and Critical Essays by Distinguished Authorities by Rupert Hughes

Male altos, or countertenors, as opposed to castrati. altisonan te, altiso'no. Sonorous. altis onous. High-sounding, used of the highest male voice. altis simo, L. Vide ALT. altist, altista (al-tes'-ta), /., altiste (al-test), F. An alto ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Musical Terms (1876)

by John Stainer

ALTERATIO—ALTO VOICE. ALTRA –AMBROSIAN TE DEUM. AMBUBAJAE— ANCIA. ANCORA—ANTECEDENT. ANTHEM. ANTHEM. ANTHE M. Alteratio (Lat .) In mediaeval music, the doubling of the value of a note. “Alteratio est proprii ...

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Quotes about Alto

I don't know what I was trying to get out of a tenor - but it never really satisfied me until one day I picked up my alto and I said, ""Where have you been?"" and I said right here for now on! (Jerome Richardson)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1O1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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