castrato definition

  • noun:
    • A male singer castrated before puberty so as to keep a soprano or alto voice.
    • A male that has been castrated, specifically a male whose testicles were eliminated before puberty to keep his boyish vocals.
    • A male soprano or alto vocals produced by castration of the treble singer before puberty, intended to conserve their voice; the singer.
    • A male person castrated for the true purpose of improving their voice for singing; an artificial, or male, soprano.
    • A male person emasculated during childhood for the intended purpose of preventing the modification of voice which obviously occurs at puberty; an artificial or male soprano.
    • a male singer who was castrated before puberty and maintains a soprano or alto voice
  • adjective:
    • Castrated; especially castrated prepubescently.
    • Having, using or containing the voice of a castrato (noun).
    • Originally composed for a castrato.

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