What does castrato mean?

castrato meaning in General Dictionary

A male person castrated for the intended purpose of enhancing their vocals for singing a synthetic or male soprano

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  • a male singer who was simply castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto vocals
  • A male individual castrated for the true purpose of increasing their voice for singing; an artificial, or male, soprano.

castrato meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1763, from Italian castrato, from Latin castratus (see castration).