Definition of countertenor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

countertenor

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntətenə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərtenər//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈtenə(r)//
 
 
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a man who is trained to sing with a very high voice; a male alto compare alto Word Origin late Middle English: from French contre-teneur, from obsolete Italian contratenore, based on Latin tenor from medieval Latin, based on tenere ‘to hold’. Compare with contralto.