vi·​bra·​to | \ vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce vibrato (audio) , vī- \
plural vibratos

Definition of vibrato

: a slightly tremulous effect imparted to vocal or instrumental tone for added warmth and expressiveness by slight and rapid variations in pitch

Other Words from vibrato

vibratoless \ vi-​ˈbrä-​(ˌ)tō-​ləs How to pronounce vibrato (audio) , vī-​ \ adjective

Examples of vibrato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new model includes all the features and performance that Vallín requires from a mahogany body and neck to a ’59 Rounded C profile, and is equipped with Kluson reissue tuners, a Bigsby B7 vibrato, a custom P-90 Soapbar and more. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2022 This is way too stylized for my taste with excess vibrato. Rodney Ho, ajc, 22 Mar. 2022 Every great singer has her own signature, and Dionne Warwick’s, in her defining period in the ’60s and ’70s, was the gorgeous wavery ethereal slowness of her vibrato. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 8 Mar. 2022 During a class in 1961, Mr. Casals chastised Mr. Parnas for playing with too much vibrato. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Her Merge Records debut, Still Life, is a sweeping collection of technicolor and crooning balladry, a country vibrato that toes the line between alternative and Americana. Matt Mitchell, SPIN, 23 Feb. 2022 To all her performances Ms. Waterson brought unquestioned gravitas, signaled by her deep register and enhanced by a brandy-rich tone and a vibrato that roiled like a surging sea. Jim Farber, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 The Gesualdo Six sang in lovely clear tones without any vibrato. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 His vibrato and ability to convey emotion with his voice are perfect for these types of pop ballads. Maggie Fremont,, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vibrato

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibrato

Italian, from past participle of vibrare to vibrate, from Latin

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The first known use of vibrato was circa 1876

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3 May 2022

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“Vibrato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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