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

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Other Words from vibrato

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

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The direct-injection engine has a hungry 428 foot-pounds torque from 2,250-4,000 rpm and a haunting exhaust vibrato that is sound-generated but damn believable. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 Novacek, Rose, Iwasaki and DerHovsepian were joined by cellist Clancy Newman, whose first-movement tunes, with heavily throbbing vibrato, were overly assertive. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Enterprising programs open another season for Fort Worth's Mimir Chamber Music Festival," 6 July 2019 The symphony ends with a soprano solo, which Grazinyte-Tyla, who was trained as singer, takes on in a strong, focused voice, with little vibrato. Mark Swed,, "Review: Mirga’s first major recording is a magical debut," 5 June 2019 Fons' rapid, fluttery vibrato, though, almost sounds like a trill on every note. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 But the exact nuances of the high notes, the bass riffs, the vibrato and cymbals preserved on the master recordings that did burn that June day—those have gone quiet. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "Universal Music Group Claimed No Master Recording Burned in 2008 Blaze. New Report Estimates Hundreds of Thousands Did," 11 June 2019 Rae sings with a high pure and delicate voice occasionally rippled with a slight vibrato. John Adamian,, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018 There’s no tricks or gimmicks here -- a little vibrato guitar, a swinging rhythm section, a few raindrops of piano and a lively double-time chant to wrap it up. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Phil Cook's Americana Delicacy 'Steampowered Blues' Is Pure, Simple & Immediately Appealing: Premiere," 3 Apr. 2018 Nelson evokes his father lyrically and in his vocal take, with his dad’s vibrato and phrasing. Paul De Revere, Billboard, "Strong Debuts From Leslie Odom Jr., GIVERS and More Kick Off Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vibrato

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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