Definition of vibrato noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vɪˈbrɑːtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//vɪˈbrɑːtoʊ//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. vibratos) (music, from Italian)
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a shaking effect in singing or playing a musical instrument, made by rapid slight changes in pitch (= how high or low a sound is) Word Originmid 19th cent.: Italian, past participle of vibrare ‘vibrate’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vibrato