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[bar-i-ton; French ba-ree-tawn]
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noun, plural bar·y·tons [bar-i-tonz; French ba-ree-tawn] /ˈbær ɪˌtɒnz; French ba riˈtɔ̃/.
  1. an 18th-century stringed instrument with six bowed strings and several additional strings that vibrate sympathetically.

Origin of baryton

From French; see origin at baritone
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Historical Examples

  • Haydn's magnificent patron and master played the baryton, and it was one of his duties to write pieces for it.


    John F. Runciman

  • An amusing story is told of Kraft, the Eisenstadt 'cellist, at this time, who occasionally played the second baryton.


    J. Cuthbert Hadden

  • Kraft presented the prince with a composition into which he had introduced a solo for himself as second baryton.


    J. Cuthbert Hadden

British Dictionary definitions for baryton


  1. a bass viol with sympathetic strings as well as its six main strings

Word Origin

C18: from French: baritone
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