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 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 Over the past 19 years, Berninger’s theatrics have become a staple of the band’s live show, much the same way his emotionally wrought lyrics and hypnotic baritone have become a calling card for their music. Aly Comingore,, "Voice Notes: How Matt Berninger developed his brooding baritone," 13 Oct. 2020 Jones speaks in a deep baritone, her Robeson County lilt adding bounce and verve to the words. Isabel Spiegel, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its History," 5 Oct. 2020 DeVito died Monday night in Nevada, and a funeral service for the baritone singer will be planned in New Jersey, Alfredo Nittoli, a friend, wrote on Facebook. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Tommy DeVito, singer and founding member of Four Seasons, dies at 92," 23 Sep. 2020 Nick Cordero, the Broadway actor who died in July of coronavirus at the age of 41, was remembered Sunday as a mega-talent with a commanding presence and husky baritone, who remained humble about his many successes when not taking center stage. Brent Lang,, "Nick Cordero, Broadway star who died of coronavirus, remembered during emotional memorial," 7 Sep. 2020 Davone Tines, bass-baritone; Teddy Abrams, conductor. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shows this week: 'Clue,' Louisville Orchestra virtual edition & more," 30 Sep. 2019 Plus tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, and baritone Leroy Davis. Doug George,, "Now streaming from Chicago theater, comedy and dance — what’s new for August and the fall," 21 Aug. 2020 At 5 feet 11 inches with a wide-ranging baritone, Smith could command a stage. Allen Matthews,, "Two months after a Cal student’s killing, an arrest is made. But questions remain," 21 Aug. 2020 One black-and-white picture depicts Victor Marshall, whose friendly baritone hosted the Dallas Symphony broadcasts for 36 years, seated at the control panel. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "WRR’s centennial exhibit offers a rich journey through local history," 12 Aug. 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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18 Oct 2020

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“Baritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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