castrato

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n castrato a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Castrato A male person castrated for the purpose of improving his voice for singing; an artificial, or male, soprano.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n castrato A male person emasculated during childhood for the purpose of preventing the change of voice which naturally occurs at puberty; an artificial or male soprano. The voice of such a person, after arriving at adult age, combines the high range and sweetness of the female with the power of the male voice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Castrato (kas-trä′tō) a male singer castrated in boyhood so as to preserve a soprano or alto voice:—pl. Castra′ti
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., properly p. p. of castrare,. See Castrate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. castrāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

Lingue di Castrato alla cucinira.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
When night came, Pasquale, after carefully bolting and barring up his house, carried the little monster of a Castrato home.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
I think he is a very pretty 'castrato', and 'I have seen many as good-looking as he is.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
This castrato had a fine voice, but his chief attraction was his beauty.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
In the evening I took them to Covent Garden, where the castrato Tenducci surprised me by introducing me to his wife, of whom he had two children.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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In news:

Michael Maniaci's unique male soprano voice gives life to some of Mozart's works for castrato singers at Early Music Vancouver's season opener this weekend.
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In science:

Farinelli (the most famous operatic castrato) is to be dug up for examination (Nature 442, 230), and Copernicus (for whom E. P.
Astrophysics in 2006
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