vi·​bra·​to vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce vibrato (audio)
plural vibratos
: a slightly tremulous effect imparted to vocal or instrumental tone for added warmth and expressiveness by slight and rapid variations in pitch
vibratoless adjective

Examples of vibrato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of Malone’s trademarks include his signature vibrato crooning and moody atmosphere, though few singles are total standouts. Li Zhou, Vox, 15 June 2024 Her voice has an unadorned, old-school quality, with a live-wire vibrato and profound tone. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2024 Rick pleads that Michonne doesn’t belong there with a mean vibrato. Leah Marilla Thomas, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 The emotional track finds the eight-time Grammy winner adding her famous vibrato to poetic lyrics penned by Charlie Midnight, crooning over cinematic piano and strings. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for vibrato 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vibrato was circa 1876

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“Vibrato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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vi·​bra·​to vi-ˈbrät-ō How to pronounce vibrato (audio)
plural vibratos
: a slightly trembling effect given to vocal or instrumental tone by slight and rapid variations in pitch

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