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vibrato

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noun vi·bra·to \vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō, vī-\

Simple Definition of vibrato

  • music : a way of making small, rapid changes in a musical note that you are singing or playing so that it seems to shake slightly

Full Definition of vibrato

plural vi·bra·tos

  1. :  a slightly tremulous effect imparted to vocal or instrumental tone for added warmth and expressiveness by slight and rapid variations in pitch

vi·bra·to·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of vibrato

Italian, from past participle of vibrare to vibrate, from Latin


First Known Use: circa 1876

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