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
vibratolessplay \vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō-ləs, vī-\ adjective
Recent Examples of vibrato from the Web
But for all her historical influence, Vaughan’s trilling vibrato and fulsome, romantic ballad style often sound old-fashioned to listeners today.
King’s shudders and vibratos, half-shouts and glottal stops have become a synecdoche for the ongoing struggle for American freedom.
And then there was her vibrato, taut but expressive, ample but never self-indulgent.
Layla Claire's fast vibrato beautifully suited the heartbroken Countess.
The old plastic ones were bigger and usually produced a heavy vibrato sound, whereas the new metal ones were smaller and elicited a more narrow tone.
Themes of gentrification and cultural appropriation center the work, all boldly delivered by Ms. Segarra’s billowing vibrato.
Russell’s vibrato-free, Iowa-inflected voice often obscured his lyrics.
The vibrato really infuses those Waze lefts with a terrifying sense of dread.
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Origin and Etymology of vibrato
Italian, from past participle of vibrare to vibrate, from Latin
First Known Use: circa 1876See Words from the same year
VIBRATO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vibrato for English Language Learners
music : a way of making small, rapid changes in a musical note that you are singing or playing so that it seems to shake slightly
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