baritone

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noun

bari·​tone ˈber-ə-ˌtōn How to pronounce baritone (audio)
ˈba-rə-
variants or less commonly barytone
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
baritonal adjective

baritone

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adjective

variants or less commonly barytone
: relating to or having the range or part of a baritone

Examples of baritone in a Sentence

Noun He sang in his school choir as a baritone.
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Noun
His baritone and clipped British accent embodied the essence of Jinnah. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 May 2024 The result of Warner’s experiment is a gentle tune that captures Travis’ relaxed style, which rarely wavered far from its baritone foundation. Wes Davis, The Verge, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for baritone 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1729, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baritone was in 1609

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“Baritone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baritone. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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baritone

noun
bar·​i·​tone
ˈbar-ə-ˌtōn
1
a
: a male singing voice between bass and tenor
b
: a singer having such a voice
2
: a horn with a range between that of the trumpet and the tuba

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