The soprano voice is female; Why is the word "soprano" masculine?

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  • Cam
    Lv 6
    3 years ago
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    It's possible it is derived from talking about ranges in instruments and then was later applied to voices (the term is used for instruments). It's also possible it could come from a time when for significant parts of Europe it was not women performing soprano parts on state, it was castrati (boys castrated before puberty who therefore maintained high soprano and alto range voices).

    Worth noting that though the majority of sopranos are women, not all are.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    In English, the word is neither masculine, nor feminine. Why?

    Because the system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period.

    Source(s): How does it work in French or Italian? I don't speak those languages, but assumably, you do. So enlighten us, Oh Wise One.
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