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baritone Line breaks: bari|tone
Pronunciation: /ˈbarɪtəʊn/

Definition of baritone in English:


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: he starred as a baritone
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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 [usually as modifier] An instrument that is second lowest in pitch in its family: a baritone sax
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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 brass instrument similar to a euphonium, sounding in B flat and used in brass 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.


Pronunciation: /bariˈtəʊn(ə)l/
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  • Temkey's commanding vocal declamation and warm, high lying, distinctively French baritonal sound recall Francis Poulenc's collaborator and frequent interpreter Pierre Bernac.
  • The high lying baritonal (almost heldentenor) role of the Emperor is a descendant of Richard Strauss's Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten.
  • Your teachers were all baritones and even your tenor voice has a distinct baritonal touch to it…
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  • The final eight selections feature Dizzy Gillespie's regular band of 1953 (with trombonist Nat Peck in baritonist Bill Graham's place).
  • Because he spent so much of his career living in Europe, Sahib Shihab is primarily known for being a baritonist in the bop era.
  • In addition, this CD acts as a perfect memorial for the talented Gerry Mulligan-influenced baritonist Bob Gordon.


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

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