bari·​tone | \ˈber-ə-ˌtōn, 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, ˌba-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of baritone in a Sentence


He sang in his school choir as a baritone.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The humans are sung by Davóne Tines in a weighty bass-baritone; the supernatural creatures in the ethereal voice of the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, delicately enhanced with electronics to give it a haunting aura. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Only the Sound Remains’ Review: Ethereal Yet Earthbound," 20 Nov. 2018 In 1959, at age 15, White began to sing baritone in a vocal group called the Upfronts. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Barry White’s Music of Love," 11 Oct. 2018 The black-clad baritone behind the British post-punk band Bauhaus schedules our interview for midnight in Istanbul, his longtime home. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pop Quiz: Peter Murphy resurrects Bauhaus, says Bowie needed to ‘bugger off’," 17 Jan. 2018 In the midst of all this is the Celebrant, the sweet-voiced baritone Nmon Ford. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers’ Review: Timeless Bernstein," 18 July 2018 In a stellar performance, the baritone excavated lovable humanity. Mark Swed,, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 Eventually, life grinds you down to the baritone [Laughs]. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "'Vampire Diaries' Actor Michael Malarkey on How Leonard Cohen & Punk Rock Influenced His Singing Career," 25 May 2018 Film idol looks and a mellifluous baritone certainly are a part of his appeal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 8: Machine Gun Kelly, Brett Young and more," 5 July 2018 Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Hugh Russell, baritone; Kansas City Symphony Chorus directed by Charles Bruffy; Allegro Choirs of Kansas City directed by Christy Eisner. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Symphony’s 2018-19 season has an American flourish," 13 Jan. 2018

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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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