bari·​tone | \ ˈber-ə-ˌtōn How to pronounce baritone (audio) , ˈba-rə-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of baritone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a male singing voice of medium compass between bass and tenor also : a person having this voice
2 : a member of a family of instruments having a range between tenor and bass especially : the baritone saxhorn or baritone saxophone


variants: or less commonly barytone

Definition of baritone (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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baritonal \ ˌber-​ə-​ˈtō-​nᵊl How to pronounce baritonal (audio) , ˌba-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of baritone in a Sentence


He sang in his school choir as a baritone.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Typically, the role is sung by a bass-baritone, a singer who has a slightly lighter and brighter voice than Robinson’s. David Lyman,, "How this football star transitioned into an opera singer," 11 July 2019 Her full sound was gorgeously apparent in the big third act duet with the German bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch, singing handsomely as her character’s husband, Barak the dyer. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 Bearded and stocky, Zohar has a lilting baritone and an open, histrionic personality that comes across as charming. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 Todd Decker, a professor of musicology and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, said the song was first written for Broadway and sung by Everett Marshall, a white baritone who performed it in blackface. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "'A song is never just a song': The complicated history behind the controversy over Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'," 17 June 2019 Kerry Wilkerson showed a warm baritone that was well poised in the cavernous space. Washington Post, "Washington Chorus pairs unlikely works offering reflection and reconciliation," 10 June 2019 Rucker has — no exaggeration — one of the great voices in contemporary pop music, a dynamic and sophisticated baritone that’s full of gravity. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 2019 Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. Ann Moss, Igor Viera, Karen Roeenak Soprano; baritone; piano. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 26 Apr. 2018 Most of the filming took place in Cash's derelict museum, The House of Cash, where the Man in Black himself sits and sings in a quivering baritone voice. Tamara Wilson, CNN, "You love that song -- but do you love its original?," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of baritone


1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baritone


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

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English Language Learners Definition of baritone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of baritone (Entry 2 of 2)

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


bari·​tone | \ ˈber-ə-ˌtōn\

Kids Definition of baritone

1 : a male singing voice between bass and tenor in range
2 : a singer having a baritone voice

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