quin·​ton | \ kaⁿtōⁿ \
plural quintons\ -​(z) \

Definition of quinton

2 : an 18th-century instrument resembling the violin but with sloping shoulders, a fretted fingerboard, and five strings

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First Known Use of quinton

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quinton

French, from quint fifth, from Middle French

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“Quinton.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinton. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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