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 flash mob vocalists broke up into groups based on their voice parts, and each group has at least one tenor, baritone and bass. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Flash mob of over 60 a cappella singers fills Chick-fil-A with gospel music," 12 July 2018 David Angus conducts, David Schweizer directs, and the cast includes baritone Marcus DeLoach and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 May 2018 Oberlin Artist Recital series: Gerald Finely, bass/baritone and Michael McMahon, piano. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland Arts listings for April 13-19: Great Lakes Theater's "Macbeth" & More," 12 Apr. 2018 Jill plays the oboe, Janet the piano and sax, Jay the baritone and Jeff the tuba. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Okauchee woman reunited with restored childhood violin for 90th birthday," 3 Apr. 2018 According to a GoFundMe page setup by Schachter’s family in the wake of his death, Schachter played the trombone and baritone as a member of Douglas’ marching band. Jonathan Sperling, NBC News, "Florida school shooting: These are the 17 victims," 16 Feb. 2018 The horns – Walt Weiskopf on tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg on baritone, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, and Jim Pugh on trombone – simply killed all night. John Timpane,, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018 The second set, from 1927 and led by Piero Coppola (prominently featured throughout this set), mostly contains material from acts three and four, with two star baritones as Pelléas and Golaud: Charles Panzéra and Vanni-Marcoux. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Debussy: His First Performers’ Review: Rare Restoration," 19 June 2018 Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be the anchor, Marin Alsop conducting the CSO, with soprano Tamara Wilson, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Appleby and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green. Howard Reich,, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 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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