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barytone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n barytone a male singer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barytone (Mus) A male voice, the compass of which partakes of the common bass and the tenor, but which does not descend as low as the one, nor rise as high as the other.
    • Barytone (Mus) A person having a voice of such range.
    • Barytone (Greek Gram) A word which has no accent marked on the last syllable, the grave accent being understood.
    • Barytone (Mus) Grave and deep, as a kind of male voice.
    • Barytone (Greek Gram) Not marked with an accent on the last syllable, the grave accent being understood.
    • Barytone (Mus) The viola di gamba, now entirely disused.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barytone Having the quality of a voice or instrument intermediate between a bass and a tenor: as, a barytone voice. See II.
    • barytone In Greek grammar: Pronounced with the (theoretical) grave accent on the last syllable (see grave, a.); having the last syllable unaccented: as, a barytone word, such as τόνος.
    • barytone Causing a word to be without accent on the final syllable: as, a barytone suffix.
    • n barytone In music: A male voice, the compass of which partakes of the bass and the tenor, but which does not descend so low as the one nor rise so high as the other. Its range is from the lower G of the bass staff to the lower F of the treble. The quality is that of a high bass rather than that of a low tenor. Frequently applied to the person possessing a voice of this quality: as, Signor S. is a great barytone.
    • n barytone A stringed instrument played with a bow, resembling the viola da gamba, called in Italian viola di bardone or bordone. It had sometimes 6, usually 7, gut strings, stopped by the fingers of the left hand, and from 9 to 24 sympathetic strings of brass or steel, running under the finger-board. These were sometimes plucked with the thumb of the left hand. The instrument was a great favorite in the eighteenth century, and much music was composed especially for it. It is now obsolete.
    • n barytone The name usually given to the smaller brass sax-horn in or C.
    • n barytone In Greek grammar, a word which has the last syllable unaccented.
    • barytone In Greek grammar, to pronounce or write without accent on the last syllable: as, to barytone a word.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barytone bar′i-tōn a deep-toned male voice between bass and tenor: a singer with such a voice: in Greek, applied to words not having an acute accent on the last syllable.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. bary`tonos; bary`s heavy + to`nos tone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from Gr. barys, heavy, deep, and tonos, a tone.

Usage

In literature:

He sang, too; he had a barytone voice, mellow and resonant.
"Samuel Brohl & Company" by Victor Cherbuliez
At the age of twenty-two so thought our excitable barytone hero on that point.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Followed a beautiful young barytone whom Miss Bouverie had brought from London in her pocket for the tour.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
What do they know about good barytone voices?
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
It was a deep, rich barytone, as full of color as his own native skies and sea.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Just then Orestes (Stockhausen) stood up and lifted his noble barytone.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
I thought you'd like to hear General Jackson sing; he's got a real deep barytone.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
There was Wauchope at his right ear thundering in a tremendous barytone.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
R., wife of the celebrated barytone.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
The Barytone of the opera is probably the most inoffensive individual in the world.
"Physiology of The Opera" by John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
In his twentieth year he met Rossini, who offered him an engagement as first barytone at the Italian opera in Paris.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
In his youth he had travelled as Jenny Lind's barytone, and he had fallen a slave to her voice.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
When she spoke it was in a man's barytone, which, when agitated, broke into a sobbing squeak.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
She sang one or two modern songs, and he took second part in a pleasant, careless, but acceptable barytone.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
The euphonium is frequently said to be a saxhorn, corresponding to the baryton member of that family, but the statement is misleading.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
A second barytone, a young Italian, is also waiting with longing for his turn.
"Erlach Court" by Ossip Schubin
The hideous form, and deep barytone were well-known to all.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
Presently he went to the piano and trolled out songs in a rich barytone, playing his own accompaniments.
"Throckmorton" by Molly Elliot Seawell
The Pope spoke a few words in a ringing barytone voice.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
He would make a superb Lohengrin or Tristan," she added, thoughtfully "only, unfortunately, his voice is barytone.
"The Ordeal of Elizabeth" by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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In poetry:

He lit a fifty-cent cigar and then his wife did say:
"Your life insurance it will lapse if it you do not pay."
He turned from her in sorrow, for breaking was his heart,
And in a mezzo barytone to her did say, in part:
"I Cannot Pay That Premium" by Franklin Pierce Adams