Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male singer or voice with a range higher than a bass and lower than a tenor.
  • n. An instrument that sounds within this range.
  • n. A vocal or instrumental part written in this range.
  • n. A valved brass instrument similar to but larger than the euphonium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The male voice between tenor and bass
  • n. The musical range between tenor and bass
  • n. A person, instrument, or group that performs in the range between tenor and bass
  • n. Specifically, a brass instrument similar to the euphonium, but with a cylindrical bore instead of a conical one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See barytone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See barytone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the second lowest brass wind instrument
  • n. a male singer
  • adj. lower in range than tenor and higher than bass
  • n. the second lowest adult male singing voice

Etymologies

Italian baritono, from Greek barutonos, deep sounding : barus, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots + tonos, tone; see tone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek βαρύτονος, from βαρύς ("heavy") + τόνος ("tone"). (Wiktionary)

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