Definition of baritone in English:

baritone

noun

  • 1An adult male singing voice between tenor and bass.

    ‘he sang in a rich baritone’
    • ‘Or you could board the 165 along Guy and be rattled in your boots by Jacques Roy's big, booming baritone as he sings show tunes in your ear.’
    • ‘My top action hero this week is Dwayne Croft, who sings baritone for the Metropolitan Opera.’
    • ‘His voice, a deep baritone of startling beauty, awakened the girl from her lapse.’
    • ‘With his rich baritone and powerful stage presence, Davis made his mark as an actor, playwright, and spoken-word artist over a distinguished career that lasted nearly 60 years.’
    • ‘We sat there mesmerized by the ringing baritone of his inspired voice, coming, as if from the hollows of a cave from some part of a high mountain range, where civilization could never reach or discover.’
    • ‘Crey's voice was a deep baritone that struck her as slightly out of place coming from such a slender build of a man, but what shocked her more was the bow of his head in deference that accompanied his words.’
    • ‘It was male, a baritone that held a sense of authority.’
    • ‘‘I can't love you any more,’ I sang in my very best imitation of Bebe Daniels, which isn't very good but then a bass baritone can only do so much in the way of 1940s popular soprano.’
    • ‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise rose up from the congregation, filling the church with strong English baritones and contraltos.’
    • ‘Hawley's style, his sturdy baritone singing songs that combine hints of country with pre-rock pop and orchestral flourishes overlaid with healthy dollop of reverb, has a robust appeal.’
    • ‘Sitting on a low stool and cradling his beloved guitar he sang in a rich baritone a mixture of haunting ballads and cheery folk songs.’
    • ‘From down the alley they could hear the high-pitched sound of a woman's voice, followed by the rich baritone of man.’
    • ‘His bass baritone is rich and meaty, just like his heart.’
    • ‘Ian Storey is a wonderfully swaggering Pinkerton and his powerful baritone proves the perfect counterpoint to Butterfly's swooning.’
    • ‘The group of unaccompanied voices comprises bass, baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano.’
    • ‘A voice spoke from behind him, a deep and rich baritone which made him jump slightly.’
    • ‘On Sings Pajo introduced his shaky baritone to the world along with a new-found talent for writing great rootsy folk.’
    • ‘The child's sound had matured into a full, rich baritone.’
    • ‘The only parallel is DeRosa's soft voice, falling somewhere between a baritone and a tenor.’
    • ‘His bass baritone voice has made him a popular figure in churches and concert halls around the district, he has a house in Church Street and has now notched up 40 years in business.’
    resonant, sonorous, ringing, resounding, reverberating, reverberative, reverberant, reverberatory, carrying, thundering, thunderous, rumbling, roaring
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    1. 1.1A singer with a baritone voice.
      • ‘She is joined by soprano Anny Felbermayer, baritones Josef Metternich and Harald Pröglhöpf, tenor Murray Dickie, and bass Walter Berry.’
      • ‘They also allowed the tenor roles of Homonay and Zsupán to be sung by a baritone and a bass-baritone, respectively.’
      • ‘That, if you have - if taking a group of people who are singing - an average cross-section of that population - you're going to find sopranos, altos, mezzos, tenors, baritones, and basses.’
      • ‘In this scene, Edgardo and Enrico, both hell-bent on revenge, breathe fire at each other, and Donizetti responds with an appropriately militant duet for tenor and baritone.’
      • ‘Bass baritone Donnie Ray Albert imbued each of the five sections with intense, dramatic power.’
      • ‘Young baritone Andrew Schroeder has sung the title role in Brussels and New York City, and it sounds like he owns it.’
      • ‘Devoted to music by American composers, it included songs by John Alden Carpenter and Charles Ives sung by the American baritone Victor Prahl with Messiaen at the piano.’
      • ‘Soprano Raquel Lojendio is the lovely soloist in five of the songs; together, she and the baritone also sing a lullaby for the baby Jesus.’
      • ‘Whatever else might ail the music industry, the market is booming in bass baritones.’
      • ‘The all-male line-up is two countertenors, one tenor, two baritones, and one bass.’
      • ‘For starters, it isn't often that we hear Falstaff, usually assigned to veteran baritones, sung by a major youthful voice in its prime.’
      • ‘The Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel sang three of Hans Sachs' monologues with a depth of dramatic penetration that was awesome.’
      • ‘Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli won female artist of the year, with best male artist going to the bass baritone Bryn Terfel.’
      • ‘Technically, Bruce is known as a bass baritone but within that he has been able to sing a variety of roles.’
      • ‘Baker responds with two stunning performances, even though I have to overcome my resentment that she's snatched a solo cantata usually taken by baritones and basses.’
      • ‘This is the first time I've heard of a baritone singing it.’
      • ‘In an accompanying audio track, a baritone slowly sings the children's lullaby that lent its title to the exhibition.’
      • ‘Not only were we treated to the MMDG Music Ensemble, but live vocals from a soprano, baritone, alto and tenor.’
      • ‘Your teachers were all baritones and even your tenor voice has a distinct baritonal touch to it…’
      • ‘There are eight sopranos, four mezzos, one counter-tenor, three tenors, seven baritones, and two basses.’
    2. 1.2A part written for a baritone voice.
  • 2An instrument that is second lowest in pitch in its family.

    • ‘She's a strange one alright, a former New York street artist who discovered the baritone ukelele, remembered her old violin lessons, and cut an album, No Guts, No Gravy.’
    • ‘Rick Turner builds great instruments; he makes all of the weird stuff I love, including an electric mandocello and baritone 12-string.’
    • ‘When it came to the clarinet family, one must admit that the basset horn does sound a trifle canine, but as with flutes and saxophones, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass always flowed on in logical order.’
    • ‘Paul Watson, part of Sparklehorse's touring band, turns up here playing coronet (and baritone guitar on the album's final song).’
    • ‘The title track - a spacey song - features Matthews alone on electric guitar, while on the sensational ‘Stay Or Leave,’ he experiments with a baritone guitar.’
    • ‘Everything is haunting, from Desmond Shea's baleful trumpet to Chris Mulhauser's baritone guitar, and low frequencies are well catered for.’
    • ‘The various musicians - guitars, drums, recorder, baritone sax, violin - all started playing at once.’
    • ‘Michael, who you may know from his great band La Laque, sings and plays baritone ukulele.’
    • ‘Ulises Bella is the band's most multi-talented addition, on tenor and baritone sax, piano, requinto harucho, guitar, bass, and clarinet.’
    • ‘As you might expect there's a droning baritone banjo, playing drawn out notes over a deeper, more stable cello.’
    • ‘In most cases, each song is given melodic depth by MacKaye's baritone guitar and Farina's stripped-kit drumming.’
    • ‘With a sudden explosion of baritone sax, trumpet, and guitar - plus a boxful of percussion toys - the whole song is one ecstatic, extended crescendo.’
    • ‘Bob Efford offers an impressive baritone sax solo, and if you were curious, Joe Sample's the guy at the organ.’
    • ‘The baritone bassoon extended between the bassoon and the contra, and there is even a subcontra bassoon one octave lower than the contra bassoon in exceptionally rare captivity, possibly with a lamp shade.’
    • ‘Mr Barnes is one of England's leading baritone, alto and tenor saxophone players.’
    • ‘Low instruments such as tuba and baritone horn make a sonic imagining of the hippo.’
    1. 2.1A large, valved brass instrument in coiled oval form, used especially in military or street bands.
      • ‘Surman explores a Sonny Rollins-like calypso on baritone and English-sounding brass fanfares turning into southern-European folk-dances on soprano sax.’
      • ‘John joined the band in 1957 as conductor and served in that role and on the euphonium, baritone and bass until ill health forced his retirement in 2000.’
      • ‘Ms Laitman's Holocaust, 1944 comprises five songs written for baritone and double bass.’
      • ‘Accompanying them were the Bushwack Horns - a four-piece horn section of trumpet, trombone, baritone and alto sax, which played on the band's latest disc Palace Of Gold.’
      • ‘I had a reason to expect much from this work, based on other compositions of his, especially his outstanding Edgar Allan Poe song cycle for baritone and piano Lenoriana.’
      • ‘‘I played the baritone back in Glendale,’ I told him.’
      • ‘Replaying it, slight flattening of pitch occurs during the Offertoire following the baritone solo, where chorus high notes have minimum instrumental support lower down.’
      • ‘In orchestras, they tell viola jokes; in band, they tell baritone jokes.’
      • ‘She also plays baritone for Swindon Brass band and has been sponsored by fellow members and other local musicians.’
      • ‘Roseman shares solo space with the saxophones of Peter Apfelbaum and Chris Potter among others; baritone, flute and trumpet trace languorous melodies, shadow intricate basslines or fire off precise stabs.’
      • ‘He asked Auden to write ‘a very quiet little lyric’, which he set for baritone and three clarinets.’
      • ‘Their trips ranged from traveling in the back of a convertible and staying in a nice hotel to long, hot bus rides and being lodged in a stockade, said Sandee McClammy, a baritone player from Mesquite, Texas.’

adjective

  • Second lowest in musical pitch.

    • ‘Caught off guard, Olive stared open mouthed at the newcomer as he kept singing his sea shanty in a rich baritone voice, oblivious to his audience.’
    • ‘Beans played all of the baritone parts that you remember from the Motown hits.’
    • ‘His post-bop records in recent years show his versatility in playing tenor, soprano, baritone and alto saxophones, and his concert will surely be among the more stimulating at the festival.’
    • ‘The medieval church knew no choral polyphony, only the ensemble of three or four soloists, drawn from alto, tenor, and baritone voices.’
    • ‘As guitars wail out of control and gospel choruses wail like baritone banshees, it becomes obvious that screwing and chopping has only begun to touch upon its potential.’
    • ‘He has been a soloist with the CBSO, Hall and New Philharmonia and sang the baritone solos in the War Requiem performed at Benjamin Britten's memorial concert.’
    • ‘His voice was not terribly deep, baritone rather than bass, and well-modulated.’
    • ‘I headed to the end of the hall, where all the saxophones had congregated, and saw three out of the four different types of saxophones; the baritone, tenor and alto.’
    • ‘Paul Williams's infectious musical score is lip-synched by the kids, and it's quite comical to hear their normal high-pitched tones give way to deep baritone singing voices during the musical numbers.’
    • ‘The thick baritone delivery of singer Paul Banks could pass him off as an Ian Curtis impersonator, but upon further listens you may begin to think differently.’
    • ‘Scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed chorus and large orchestra, Air and angels is cast in seven movements and sets passages from John Donne's Holy sonnets and Songs and sonnets.’
    • ‘Initially Cohen's bleak baritone vocal - there's no singing, just his trademark uncompromising conversational drawl - paints a barren, unrewarding landscape.’
    • ‘Sara slowly lowered herself onto the bench beside him as his baritone voice sang quiet and steady, the words mingling with the intensity of the meaning behind them.’
    • ‘Got any male friends with deep baritone voices willing to do some phone answering?’
    • ‘Certainly not for the out actor's wobbly baritone range, though he is undeniably charming as he interprets lines like ‘the way you haunt my dreams.’’
    • ‘‘It's the underlying baritone in his tenor that gives his voice the extra power and provides the special touch ’, said a conductor seated in the audience.’
    • ‘The baritone voice sang the final three words, D D E.’
    • ‘International bass baritone singing star Willard White has announced he is to be the patron of a North Yorkshire charity which provides support for special needs children.’
    • ‘The Organ must convince us that reverb-swollen dirges laced with heart-melting baritone vocals are a fresh dish in 2005.’
    • ‘To accommodate this massive ode to chaos, Zimmermann requires an orchestra, two actors, soprano and baritone soloists, three choirs, a jazz combo, and an organ.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Italian baritono, from Greek barutonos, from barus heavy + tonos (see tone).

Pronunciation:

baritone

/ˈberəˌtōn/