castrato

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian castrato, from Latin castrō (to castrate), likely from caedō (to cut).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: kăsträʹtō, IPA(key): /kæsˈtrɑː.təʊ/
  • Hyphenation: cas‧tra‧to

Noun[edit]

castrato (plural castratos or castrati)

  1. A male who has been castrated, especially a male whose testicles have been removed before puberty in order to retain his boyish voice.
  2. A male soprano or alto voice produced by castration of the treble singer before puberty, intended to conserve his voice; the singer.

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Adjective[edit]

castrato (not comparable)

  1. (literally) Castrated; especially castrated prepubescently.
  2. Having, using or containing the voice of a castrato (noun).
  3. Originally composed for a castrato.
    Nowadays, either women or countertenors take the castrato roles.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin castrātus.

Verb[edit]

castrato m (feminine castrata, masculine plural castrati, feminine plural castrate)

  1. past participle of castrare

Adjective[edit]

castrato m (feminine castrata, masculine plural castrati, feminine plural castrate)

  1. castrated, gelded, neutered

Noun[edit]

castrato m (plural castrati)

  1. wether
  2. mutton

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

castrātō

  1. dative singular of castrātus
  2. ablative singular of castrātus