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or barytone

[bar-i-tohn] /ˈbær ɪˌtoʊn/ Music.
a male voice or voice part intermediate between tenor and bass.
a singer with such a voice.
a large, valved brass instrument shaped like a trumpet or coiled in oval form, used especially in military bands.
of or relating to a baritone; having the compass of a baritone.
Origin of baritone
1600-10; < Italian baritono low voice < Greek barýtonos deep-sounding. See barytone2
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baritonal, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the second act of that work the tenor and baritone fight a duel.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I James H. Mapleson
  • There, to his surprise, he beheld the author of the baritone performance that had been puzzling him.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • She acquired it by marriage to Salvatore Marchesi, an Italian baritone.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • His voice seemed weak and high-pitched in comparison to the Hunter's baritone.

    The Link Alan Edward Nourse
  • With him were associated Gnther and Schmidt as bass singers, and Saal as a baritone.

  • The baritone was asked what did he think of Mrs. Kearney's conduct.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • John joined in the chorus, in a baritone voice somewhat marred by trench life.

  • The tenor had a name with fourteen letters, and the baritone only owned four.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for baritone


the second lowest adult male voice, having a range approximately from G an eleventh below middle C to F a fourth above it
a singer with such a voice
the second lowest instrument in the families of the saxophone, horn, oboe, etc
relating to or denoting a baritone: a baritone part
denoting the second lowest instrument in a family: the baritone horn
Word Origin
C17: from Italian baritono a deep voice, from Greek barutonos deep-sounding, from barus heavy, low + tonos tone
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Word Origin and History for baritone

c.1600, from Italian baritono, from Greek barytonos "deep-toned, deep-sounding," from barys "heavy, deep," also, of sound, "strong, deep, bass" (see grave (adj.)) + tonos "tone" (see tenet). Technically, "ranging from lower A in bass clef to lower F in treble clef." Meaning "singer having a baritone voice" is from 1821. As a type of brass band instrument, it is attested from 1949.

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baritone in Culture

baritone definition

A range of the male singing voice higher than bass and lower than tenor.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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