Definition of baritone in English:

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baritone

Pronunciation: /ˈberəˌtōn/

noun

1An adult male singing voice between tenor and bass: he sang in a rich baritone
More example sentences
  • The group of unaccompanied voices comprises bass, baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano.
  • Sitting on a low stool and cradling his beloved guitar he sang in a rich baritone a mixture of haunting ballads and cheery folk songs.
  • His bass baritone is rich and meaty, just like his heart.
1.1A singer with a baritone voice.
Example sentences
  • The all-male line-up is two countertenors, one tenor, two baritones, and one bass.
  • That, if you have - if taking a group of people who are singing - an average cross-section of that population - you're going to find sopranos, altos, mezzos, tenors, baritones, and basses.
  • There are eight sopranos, four mezzos, one counter-tenor, three tenors, seven baritones, and two basses.
1.2A part written for a baritone voice.
2 (in full baritone horn) An instrument that is second lowest in pitch in its family.
Example sentences
  • The various musicians - guitars, drums, recorder, baritone sax, violin - all started playing at once.
  • Ulises Bella is the band's most multi-talented addition, on tenor and baritone sax, piano, requinto harucho, guitar, bass, and clarinet.
  • In most cases, each song is given melodic depth by MacKaye's baritone guitar and Farina's stripped-kit drumming.
2.1A large, valved brass instrument in coiled oval form, used especially in military or street bands.
Example sentences
  • She also plays baritone for Swindon Brass band and has been sponsored by fellow members and other local musicians.
  • Roseman shares solo space with the saxophones of Peter Apfelbaum and Chris Potter among others; baritone, flute and trumpet trace languorous melodies, shadow intricate basslines or fire off precise stabs.
  • Accompanying them were the Bushwack Horns - a four-piece horn section of trumpet, trombone, baritone and alto sax, which played on the band's latest disc Palace Of Gold.

adjective

Second lowest in musical pitch.
Example sentences
  • I headed to the end of the hall, where all the saxophones had congregated, and saw three out of the four different types of saxophones; the baritone, tenor and alto.
  • Paul Williams's infectious musical score is lip-synched by the kids, and it's quite comical to hear their normal high-pitched tones give way to deep baritone singing voices during the musical numbers.
  • ‘It's the underlying baritone in his tenor that gives his voice the extra power and provides the special touch ’, said a conductor seated in the audience.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Italian baritono, from Greek barutonos, from barus 'heavy' + tonos (see tone).

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Syllabification: bar·i·tone

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