bar·​y·​ton | \ ˈber-ə-ˌtän, ˈba-rə- \
plural barytons

Definition of baryton

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

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Other Words from baryton

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

First Known Use of baryton

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baryton

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

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“Baryton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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