or bar·y·tone

[ bar-i-tohn ]
/ ˈbær ɪˌtoʊn /


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.


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Origin of baritone

1600–10; < Italian baritono low voice < Greek barýtonos deep-sounding. See barytone2


bar·i·ton·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for baritone

/ (ˈbærɪˌtəʊn) /


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 baritonea baritone part
denoting the second lowest instrument in a familythe baritone horn

Word Origin for baritone

C17: from Italian baritono a deep voice, from Greek barutonos deep-sounding, from barus heavy, low + tonos tone
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Cultural definitions for baritone


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

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