baritone

noun
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

baritone

adjective
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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Other Words from baritone

Noun

baritonal \ ˌber-​ə-​ˈtō-​nᵊl How to pronounce baritonal (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

However, his music evades obvious categorizations, as his piano-centric songs, Sinatra-like baritone and witty lyricism doesn’t cleanly place him in indie rock, modern pop or jazz. Lizzie Manno, Billboard, "Matt Maltese: The Apocalyptic British Singer-Songwriter That America Desperately Needs," 10 July 2018 The chorus sings in four-part a cappella harmony: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach’s Coastmen Chorus barbershop singers build harmony," 21 Mar. 2018 Alex was a freshman trombone and baritone player who was on the rise in the school’s marching band and orchestra, his band teachers said. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "UConn honors school shooting victim Alex Schachter," 27 Feb. 2018 His big, slab-like baritone, with its easy power, projected Germont’s absolute determination to get his way, using any means possible, from emotional blackmail to casual cruelty. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘La Traviata’ at the Met Review: Marvelous Musicality," 5 Dec. 2018 Next up, bona fide country man Chris Stapleton — whose band featured Nashville superproducer Dave Cobb — wowed the pro-country crowd with his thick-and-rich baritone as sweetly rugged as a bourbon barrel stave. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Review: Joe Walsh’s VetsAid was a familial star-powered party at Tacoma Dome, raising $1.2 million," 12 Nov. 2018 In 1933, when the Nazis appoint Heidegger as rector of Freiburg University, Ms. Milch-Sheriff replaces the rakish tenor with a Mephistophelean baritone (Adam Kruzel). New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of baritone

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baritone

Noun

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

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baritone

noun

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

baritone

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of baritone (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a range that is higher than a bass and lower than a tenor

baritone

noun
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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