Definition of vibrato in English:


Line breaks: vi|brato
Pronunciation: /vɪˈbrɑːtəʊ

noun (plural vibratos)

A rapid, slight variation in pitch in singing or playing some musical instruments, producing a stronger or richer tone: a clean, light sound without vibrato Compare with tremolo.
More 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'.

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