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bari·​tone ˈber-ə-ˌtōn How to pronounce baritone (audio)
variants or less commonly barytone
: a male singing voice of medium compass between bass and tenor
also : a person having this voice
: a member of a family of instruments having a range between tenor and bass
especially : the baritone saxhorn or baritone saxophone
baritonal adjective


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

Example Sentences

Noun He sang in his school choir as a baritone.
Recent Examples on the Web
And while Alfred Walker and Hadleigh Adams are both firm as aides to the Roman rulers, the bass-baritone Philip Skinner, as Lepidus, is alone in the cast in his ability to sing both richly and with perfectly intelligible diction. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2022 Conspiring mischievously, the music teacher, Don Basilio, was sonorously portrayed by bass-baritone Nicholas Newton. Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2022 Here, the cemetery scene — in which bass-baritone John Relyea, having switched roles from ghost to gravedigger, stands in an open pit and pushes his voice to even more sepulchral depths— moves too slowly to be comic. Vulture, 16 May 2022 Lyle Miller’s deep, gravelly portrayal of Howlin’ Wolf contrasts with Dwight Neal’s rich baritone as Muddy Waters, while Miciah Lathan delivers thrilling riffs in the only female role, Big Mama Thornton. Emily Mcclanathan, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 Johnny Cash, who died in 2003, was one of those singers, a man whose sumptuous baritone conveyed a singular mixture of warmth, gravitas and grace. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 On the sacred Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, fans across the globe flooded Twitter with memories of the king of rancheras, a cultural icon whose silky baritone reverberated across generations. Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2021 Male calls come in a deep baritone, says Moneymaker, host of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, though females vocalize at a higher pitch. David Ferry, Outside Online, 5 July 2016 The new opera is a one-man show, with the baritone Nathan Gunn portraying a father-to-be who faces down his demons and flaws. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2022
Chris Young became his gold standard, thanks to his sturdy songcraft and similar baritone range. Hank Shteamer, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Known for her oddly baritone voice, her copy-Steve Jobs aesthetic and fooling high-profile board members such as former Defense Secretary James Mattis, Holmes was finally sentenced in November to 11 years in federal prison. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Following playful street scene vignettes accompanied by a wistful, baritone voice-over narration, the film lingers tenderly on our protagonist, who prepares for a date who never arrives. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2022 The gravity of Tines’ stage presence — boosted by Dede Ayite’s period costumes — is exceeded only by his powerful bass-baritone voice, an unwavering vocal prowess displayed in singing from the top of Act 2 until the penultimate scene of Act 3. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 The pair worked together and created a baritone guitar, which allows Walkin Cane to play with different tunings and thicker strings, perfect for his style of playing. John Canale, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 At the center of the ensemble was the young Ukrainian bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi, a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 Carlos Marin, the ever smiling and sharply dressed baritone powerhouse of multi-national quartet Il Divo, died Sunday of COVID complications. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 Voluminous bass-baritone exhaust in Sport and Race settings completes the sensory immersion, a big brass section. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1729, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baritone was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Baritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a male singing voice between bass and tenor
: a singer having such a voice
: a horn with a range between that of the trumpet and the tuba

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