[bar-i-tohn] 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 pertaining to a baritone; having the compass of a baritone.
Also, barytone.

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

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baritone (ˈbærɪˌtəʊn)
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
4.  relating to or denoting a baritone: a baritone part
5.  denoting the second lowest instrument in a family: the baritone horn
[C17: from Italian baritono a deep voice, from Greek barutonos deep-sounding, from barus heavy, low + tonos tone]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from It. baritono, from Gk. 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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Cultural Dictionary

baritone definition

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

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Example sentences
Even when he is not angry, his baritone voice has a declamatory tone.
Bob held the stage with his actor's baritone and theatrical chuckle, his eyes
  crinkled and sharply alert.
And this baritone serenely removes the scarf, stamps it out, and continues
  singing as if nothing were wrong with the world.
For a while it seemed that he was doomed to be a baritone.
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