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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
falsetto
noun
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▪ He gives me hell in querulous falsetto, and drops down to the dung-hill harem where his claws sink in ... Retrenchments.
▪ Like a bomb the show exploded, the funnies, the falsetto, Timothy himself.
▪ Moreover, Morrissey's falsetto wail soars above and beyond the bad music criticism languishing in his lyrics.
▪ She commenced an impersonation of Hodges, piping inaudible words in effete falsetto, rolling her eyes like a stage Othello.
▪ The concluding song, Murder in the Market, brings a hilarious stanza sung falsetto when the murderess gives her defiant answer.
▪ The first rifle fire came with a falsetto crack.
▪ Thus he must have been singing falsetto in this role.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
falsetto

high-pitched \high-pitched\ adj.

  1. high in pitch or frequency; -- used of sounds and voices. Opposite of low. [Narrower terms: adenoidal, pinched, nasal; altissimo; alto; countertenor, alto; falsetto; peaky, spiky; piping; shrill, sharp; screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing; soprano, treble; sopranino; tenor]

    Syn: high.

  2. set at a sharp or high angle or slant; as, a high-pitched roof.

    Syn: steeply pitched, steep.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
falsetto

"artificially high voice," 1774, from Italian falsetto, diminutive of falso "false," from Latin falsus (see false). Earlier in an Englished form as falset (1707). One who sings thus is a falsettist.

Wiktionary
falsetto

n. (countable or uncountable) The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing. It is commonly confused with the Head Voice register.

WordNet
falsetto
  1. adj. artificially high; above the normal voice range; "a falsetto voice"

  2. n. a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register

Wikipedia
Falsetto

Falsetto ( Italian diminutive of falso, "false") is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one octave.

It is produced by the vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal cords, in whole or in part. Commonly cited in the context of singing, falsetto, a characteristic of phonation by both men and women, is also one of four main spoken vocal registers recognized by speech pathology.

The term falsetto is most often used in the context of singing to refer to a type of vocal phonation that enables the singer to sing notes beyond the vocal range of the normal or modal voice. The falsetto voice—with its characteristic breathy flute-like sound relatively free of overtones—is more limited than its modal counterpart in both dynamic variation and tone quality. However, William Vennard points out that while most people sound comparatively "breathy" or "hooty" when using falsetto production, there are in rarer cases individuals who have a much stronger falsetto sound production which has more "ring" to it.

Falsetto (song)

"Falsetto" is the second single from The-Dream's debut studio album, Love Hate. The song is produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and was released on September 28, 2007.

Falsetto (horse)

Falsetto (1876–1904) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse and outstanding sire. Bred and raced by J. W. Hunt Reynolds of Lexington, Kentucky, his dam was Farfaletta and his sire was General Abe Buford's very good runner, Enquirer.

Conditioned for racing by African American trainer, Eli Jordan, as a three-year-old in 1879 Falsetto won four of his five starts and was the dominant horse of his age group in the United States. Under African American star jockey, Isaac Murphy, he ran second to Lord Murphy in the Kentucky Derby but won the Phoenix Hotel Stakes and the Clark Handicap, plus he defeated the great Spendthrift in winning the Kenner and Travers Stakes.

Owner J. W. Hunt Reynolds died in September 1880 and the horse was sent to Pierre Lorillard IV who raced him in England along with several other American horses including Horse and Iroquois. [http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/588070372.html?dids=588070372:588070372&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Nov+21%2C+1880&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=THE+TURF.&pqatl=google]

Returned to the United States and retired to stud duty, Falsetto stood at A. J. Alexander's Woodburn Stud in Woodford County, Kentucky. Falsetto became one of only four stallions to sire three Kentucky Derby winners and another of his sons, Sir Cleges, ran second in the 1908 Derby. Among his progeny, Falsetto was the sire of:

  • Dew Drop/Dewdrop (b. 1883) - American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, won Champagne Stakes, Monmouth Oaks
  • Chant (b. 1891) - won 1894 Kentucky Derby
  • His Eminence - won 1901 Kentucky Derby, Clark Handicap
  • Sir Huon - won Kentucky Derby, Latonia Derby

Falsetto died of pneumonia in August 1904 at age twenty-eight.

Falsetto (disambiguation)

Falsetto is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one octave. It is commonly cited in the context of singing.

Falsetto may also refer to:

Usage examples of "falsetto".

And immediately after her prayer breaks forth, soars upward in a shrill nasal falsetto, like a morning alarum when the hour for waking has come, the mechanical noise of a spring let go and running down.

A lady in a Greek dress richly adorned with diamonds came up to me, and said in a falsetto voice that she would like to dance with me.

In a gomer falsetto I wailed HALP NURSE HALP NURSE HALP and they came to me.

She laughed and butted her cigarette in the salver meant to receive tips, then she walked into the crowded reception room where the singer with the gold-tinsel wig and the green mascara was bobbing over the heads of the company, chanting in thin falsetto something about a cup of coffee, a sandwich, and you.

I had no mask on, and I soon found myself attacked by a black domino, whom I knew to be a woman, and as she told me a hundred truths about myself in a falsetto voice, I was interested, and determined on finding out who she was.

After leaving the count I continued my progress through this wonderful hall, and two or three hours after I was attracted by the voice of a female masquer speaking Parisian French in a high falsetto, such as is common at an opera ball.

He crossed the street, because three colored boys were walking in his direction on this side, wearing raincoats and porkpie hats and singing in falsetto.

He went by the name of Svengali, and spoke fluent French with a German accent and humorous German twists and idioms, and his voice was very thin and mean and harsh, and often broke into a disagreeable falsetto.

Marshall, in a queer high falsetto voice, that caused the other man to have convulsions of laughter in his stomach.

A lady in a Greek dress richly adorned with diamonds came up to me, and said in a falsetto voice that she would like to dance with me.

One of the linkmen hummed loudly, rather more of a shout than a hum, while the other sang in a clear falsetto: _I've a basket and a berry, tra-la-la__ _And I'm singing oh so merry, tra-la-la__ _For the sun is shining yellow__ _And the clouds go sailing by,__ _And I'm such a jolly fellow, tra-la-la,__ Jonathan remarked to himself that linkmen, although superb jam makers and fruit pickers and, no doubt, altogether fine chaps, weren't poets.

I had no mask on, and I soon found myself attacked by a black domino, whom I knew to be a woman, and as she told me a hundred truths about myself in a falsetto voice, I was interested, and determined on finding out who she was.

Honor& My love awoke from its long sleep, and coming up to her I said, in a falsetto voice,-- "I am your friend of the 'Hotel d'Elbeuf.

He was, in any case, an old man-there must be tens of thousands of recordings of his voice in existence, easily amassable into a database from which clever software could synthesize anything from the Gettysburg Address to a falsetto rendition of "To Be a Pilgrim.

Not that one that should undervalue the half-recitative of doubtful barytones, or the brilliant escapades of slightly unmanageable falsettos, or the concentrated efforts of the proprietors of two or three effective notes, who may be observed lying in wait for them, and coming down on them with all their might, and the look on their countenances of "I too am a singer.