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

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 The cast was adequate: Notable were baritone Brian James Myer, who brought some vocal depth to Young Erich, and the rich mezzo sound of Sishel Claverie as Carmelita. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Taking Up Serpents’ and ‘Dear Erich’ Reviews: Operas Haunted by the Past," 15 Jan. 2019 Henze and his forces, which included famed baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, did, though, go into the recording studio. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 But when joined by demons — commanding baritone Mischa Bouvier and cackling countertenor Drew Minter — the mob’s viciousness clearly proved one of Rossi’s singular achievements. Alan Artner,, "Haymarket Opera performs rare Rossi Passion oratorio," 9 Mar. 2018 Besides Schoeny, baritone Christopher Clayton and tenor Marco Panuccio are the others. David Lyman,, "Review: Opposites attract in Ballet double bill," 9 Feb. 2018 Tonight that riff comes out of the massive baritone sax of Clare Daly, the fairy godmother of saxophonists, who blows with the fury of a tempest. Joshua David Stein, Esquire, "Jazz, Jam Sessions, and the Best of After-Hours Harlem," 18 Sep. 2015 Nora Sourouzian’s Azucena grew steadily in strength and finesse as Sunday’s show went on, and baritone Michael Mayes made a vital, vivid di Luna. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Opera rises to the challenges of ‘Il Trovatore’ with 2 terrific casts," 14 Jan. 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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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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