baritone


baritone

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

  1. of or relating to a baritone; having the compass of a baritone.

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

  1. relating to or denoting a baritonea baritone part
  2. denoting the second lowest instrument in a familythe baritone horn
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.

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

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