baryton

noun bar·y·ton \ˈber-ə-ˌtän, ˈba-rə-\

Definition of baryton

plural

barytons

  1. 1 :  a stringed instrument of the 17th and 18th centuries similar to the bass viol with a fretted fingerboard, six or seven bowed strings, and numerous sympathetic strings behind them He also had to provide music of all kinds for the establishment, and composed … a hundred and seventy-five works featuring the baryton, the Prince's favored instrument. — Andrew Porter, New Yorker, 22 Apr. 1991

  2. 2 [borrowed from German] usually Baryton :  an organ reed stop of 8- or 16-foot pitch

barytonist

\ˈber-ə-ˌtä-nist, ˈba-rə-\ noun, plural

barytonists

Even in today's “authentic instrument” climate you don't exactly run across barytonists every day. — Barrymore Laurence Scherer, Wall Street Journal, 26 Aug. 1997

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Origin and Etymology of baryton

borrowed from French & German; French baryton, borrowed from German, literally, “baritone” (in various senses), borrowed from Italian baritono — more at baritone


First Known Use: 1878


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