Definition of throat singing in US English:

throat singing


  • 1Singing characterized by (excessive) articulation of the sound in the throat. rare.

  • 2A form of vocal performance traditional in Inuit culture, characterized by the production of deep, rhythmic sounds evocative of animal and bird noises, and typically performed by two women facing each other.

  • 3A form of vocal music traditional especially in central Asia, characterized by the production (and varying) of overtones above a fundamental note; also called overtone singing.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Grove (1820–1900), writer on music and lexicographer. From throat + singing.


throat singing

/ˈθrəʊt ˌsɪŋɪŋ/