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  Dictionary Definition of alto

alto

-- noun ( plural altos ) Music
1. the lowest female voice; contralto.
2. the highest male voice; countertenor.
3. a singer with an alto voice.
4. a musical part for an alto voice.
5. the viola.
6. an althorn.
7. an instrument of a range between soprano and tenor, as alto saxophone.
-- adjective
8. Music of the alto; having the compass of the alto.
9. high.
[It., from L altus high]