- 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
Related Words for baritonegreat, vivid, profound, hard, dark, rich, strong, extreme, alto, contralto, low, grave, baritone, bass, resonant, sonorous, booming, low-pitched
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Contemporary Examples of baritone
Upstairs in the galleries, Jim Costanzo spouted lefty politics between tunes on his baritone bugle.Pawel Althamer Creates Art That’s by the People, for the People at the New Museum
February 17, 2014
He delivered them from a hefty physical frame, in rounded Australian baritone.Robert Hughes’s Best Quotes on Art, Australia, and More
August 7, 2012
Historical Examples of baritone
His voice seemed weak and high-pitched in comparison to the Hunter's baritone.The Link
Alan Edward Nourse
There, to his surprise, he beheld the author of the baritone performance that had been puzzling him.Bruin
The baritone had not seen her but he had been told that she was very fine.
The baritone was asked what did he think of Mrs. Kearney's conduct.
The tenor had a name with fourteen letters, and the baritone only owned four.The King of Diamonds
- 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
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.