vibrato

noun vi·bra·to \ vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō , vī- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of vibrato

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

play \vi-ˈbrä-(ˌ)tō-ləs, vī-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of vibrato

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


VIBRATO Defined for English Language Learners

vibrato

noun

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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