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 baritone (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 Met Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct its orchestra and chorus and a quartet of star soloists, soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass-baritone Eric Owens. Jane Levere, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The bass-baritone, 34, is everywhere-going-on-omnipresent as both a feted opera singer and the creative engine behind several joint projects. Hannah Edgar,, 1 Sep. 2021 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s music director, will conduct the company’s orchestra and chorus, the soprano Ailyn Pérez, the mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, the tenor Matthew Polenzani and the bass-baritone Eric Owens. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Potter remembers that Hughes' tall stature, baritone voice, and signature orange ambassador T-shirt caught her immediate attention. Athena Ankrah, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 An admirer of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Holmes became known for her distinctive black turtlenecks and baritone voice. Eloise Barry, Time, 25 Aug. 2021 No doubt Jennings heard echoes of his father Waylon's storytelling style on Shicotte's outlaw country songs about hard work and hard living, sung with a rich bass-baritone that recalls Johnny Cash. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 July 2021 As the breeze chilled the warm Sunday afternoon, his baritone voice fell back effortlessly to the past, bringing to life a century worth of stories. Clara Longo De Freitas,, 19 July 2021 His good ol’ boy baritone is intact; so are his energy and playful spirit. Matthew J. Palm,, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Voluminous bass-baritone exhaust in Sport and Race settings completes the sensory immersion, a big brass section. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Onegin had a handsome, if not always subtle, baritone. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2021 And the villainous Iago on opening night was sung by Spaniard Carlos Alvarez — arguably the world’s leading Verdi baritone today. James C. Taylor, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2021 Each of these looks has a fun, childlike flair to them and strategically offsets his fantastically grumbling and baritone voice. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2021 The show was stolen early on by bass-baritone Donnie Ray Albert and bass Morris Robinson as father-son duo Alberich and Hagen, who have also been ruined by endless wars in the ring quest but still seek its power. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2020

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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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“Baritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of baritone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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