Definition of alto adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

alto

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BrE BrE//ˈæltəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæltoʊ//
 
 
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[only before noun] (of a musical instrument) with the second highest range of notes in its group an alto saxophone compare soprano, tenor Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Italian alto (canto) ‘high (song)’.
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