follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

baritone

or barytone

[bar-i-tohn] /ˈbær ɪˌtoʊn/ Music.
noun
1.
a male voice or voice part intermediate between tenor and bass.
2.
a singer with such a voice.
3.
a large, valved brass instrument shaped like a trumpet or coiled in oval form, used especially in military bands.
adjective
4.
of or relating to a baritone; having the compass of a baritone.
Origin of baritone
1600-1610
1600-10; < Italian baritono low voice < Greek barýtonos deep-sounding. See barytone2
Related forms
baritonal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for baritone
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In the second act of that work the tenor and baritone fight a duel.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I James H. Mapleson
  • His voice seemed weak and high-pitched in comparison to the Hunter's baritone.

    The Link Alan Edward Nourse
  • She acquired it by marriage to Salvatore Marchesi, an Italian baritone.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • There, to his surprise, he beheld the author of the baritone performance that had been puzzling him.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • 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

baritone

/ˈbærɪˌtəʊn/
noun
1.
the second lowest adult male voice, having a range approximately from G an eleventh below middle C to F a fourth above it
2.
a singer with such a voice
3.
the second lowest instrument in the families of the saxophone, horn, oboe, etc
adjective
4.
relating to or denoting a baritone: a baritone part
5.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for baritone
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for baritone

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for baritone

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends