[ bar-i-ton; French ba-ree-tawn ]
/ ˈbær ɪˌtɒn; French ba riˈtɔ̃ /

noun, plural bar·y·tons [bar-i-tonz; French ba-ree-tawn] /ˈbær ɪˌtɒnz; French ba riˈtɔ̃/.

an 18th-century stringed instrument with six bowed strings and several additional strings that vibrate sympathetically.

Nearby words

  1. baryta,
  2. baryta water,
  3. barytes,
  4. barytic,
  5. barytocalcite,
  6. barytone,
  7. barzun,
  8. barzun, jacques,
  9. barège,
  10. bas bleu

Origin of baryton

From French; see origin at baritone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baryton

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

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

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

    Haydn|J. Cuthbert Hadden

British Dictionary definitions for baryton


/ (ˈbærɪˌtəʊn) /


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

Word Origin for baryton

C18: from French: baritone

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