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

Noun He sang in his school choir as a baritone.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rodolfo's sidekick and garret-mate, the painter Marcello, was sung with grace and gravity by baritone Young-Kwang Yoo, whose beautiful, solemn voice could not fully hide a sparkle of wit and humor., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 The symphony musicians were conducted by music director Marin Alsop and joined at New Shiloh by the Carter Legacy Singers, soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and Tony Award-winning bass baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell. Ian Duncan,, "BSO’s opener was postponed amid a labor dispute. Instead musicians played to crowd at West Baltimore church.," 14 Sep. 2019 Written by Minnemann, the song features Govan trading high-octane lines with himself on baritone guitar and banjo. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Aristocrats soar with new album, tour, and rubber pig solos," 29 Aug. 2019 Two bullfrogs erupted in baritone harmony; the tree expanded. M. R. O’connor, The New Yorker, "A Day in the Life of a Tree," 27 Aug. 2019 The 78-year-old Domingo has received the full support from Salzburg Festival management and his costars ahead of Sunday’s performance of Verdi’s ‘‘Luisa Miller,’’ in which the famous tenor will sing the baritone title role., "Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey," 25 Aug. 2019 Saxophonist Dana Colley played his baritone sax like a guitar, while Sandman's unique slide-bass style favored thudding chords and far-from-subtle grooves. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 2019 His eyes were glazed and his voice, normally a scratchy baritone, was barely a mumble. John Keilman,, "‘I’m very obsessed … you could say addicted’: Former heroin user enters spotlight livestreaming video games from the Chicago suburbs," 13 Aug. 2019 Although the high, powerful voices of castrati had once signified heroic masculinity, they were supplanted in that role by tenors and baritones, who began dominating the opera stage during the Classical period. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Countertenor’s Pop-Star Appeal," 15 July 2019

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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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The first known use of baritone was in 1609

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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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