Definition of vibrato in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈbrädō/

noun (plural vibratos)

A rapid, slight variation in pitch in singing or playing some musical instruments, producing a stronger or richer tone. Compare with tremolo.
Example sentences
  • How did these women match their pitch, vibrato, and timbres with such precision?
  • So I hooked up with a local violinist and asked him to play some of the music with strong vibrato, low to moderate vibrato, and zero vibrato.
  • She scales back her vibrato and lightens her tone most appropriately for this repertoire.


Mid 19th century: Italian, past participle of vibrare 'vibrate'.

Words that rhyme with vibrato

agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, Waikato

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Syllabification: vi·bra·to

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