baryton

noun bar·y·ton \ ˈber-ə-ˌtän , ˈba-rə- \

Definition of baryton

plural barytons
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 PorterNew Yorker22 Apr. 1991
2 usually Baryton
[borrowed from German]
: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 SchererWall Street Journal26 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


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