noun \ˈber-ə-ˌtōn, ˈba-rə-\

music : a man's singing voice that is higher than the voice of the bass and lower than the voice of the tenor; also : a singer who has such a voice

Full Definition of BARITONE

:  a male singing voice of medium compass between bass and tenor; also :  a person having this voice
:  a member of a family of instruments having a range between tenor and bass; especially :  the baritone saxhorn or baritone saxophone
bari·ton·al \ˌbar-ə-ˈtō-nəl\ adjective

Variants of BARITONE

bari·tone also bary·tone \ˈber-ə-ˌtōn, ˈba-rə-\

Examples of BARITONE

  1. He sang in his school choir as a baritone.

Origin of BARITONE

French baryton or Italian baritono, from Greek barytonos deep sounding, from barys heavy + tonos tone — more at grieve
First Known Use: 1609



: having a range that is higher than a bass and lower than a tenor

Full Definition of BARITONE

:  relating to or having the range or part of a baritone

Variants of BARITONE

baritone also barytone

First Known Use of BARITONE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In vocal music, the most common category of male voice, between the bass and the tenor. Its range is approximately from the second A below middle C to the F above middle C. The term baritonus was first employed in 15th-century five- and six-voice part music; when four-part settings became standard, the baritone part was dropped, and natural baritones were forced to develop either their bass or tenor register. Instruments that play principally in the baritone register include the baritone saxophone and the baritone horn.


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