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[bar-i-ton; French ba-ree-tawn] /ˈbær ɪˌtɒn; French ba riˈtɔ̃/
noun, plural barytons
[bar-i-tonz; French ba-ree-tawn] /ˈbær ɪˌtɒnz; French ba riˈtɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
an 18th-century stringed instrument with six bowed strings and several additional strings that vibrate sympathetically.
Origin of baryton
< French; see baritone Unabridged
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  • 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
  • An amusing story is told of Kraft, the Eisenstadt 'cellist, at this time, who occasionally played the second baryton.

    Haydn J. Cuthbert Hadden
  • 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


a bass viol with sympathetic strings as well as its six main strings
Word Origin
C18: from French: baritone
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