Definition of baritone in English:

baritone

Syllabification: bar·i·tone
Pronunciation: /ˈbariˌtōn
 
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noun

  • 1An adult male singing voice between tenor and bass: he sang in a rich baritone
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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

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  • Second lowest in musical pitch.
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    • 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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