Definition of oxytone in English:

oxytone

adjective

  • (especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable.

    Compare with paroxytone
    • ‘This development was perhaps posterior to the substitution of the pronominal ending in the oxytone neuter o-stems because the latter did not affect the u-stems.’
    • ‘The general rhythm of the language clips seems to show a preference for oxytone words.’

noun

  • A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.

    • ‘A word bearing the acute upon the ultima is known as an oxytone, one with the acute upon the penult as a paroxytone, one with the acute upon the antepenult as a proparoxytone.’
    • ‘Even though they are oxytones, words of one syllable never need an accent, unless the accent is diacritic.’
    • ‘There are also a good many cases in which the French name ends in a weak e and would produce an oxytone.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Greek oxutonos, from oxus ‘sharp’ + tonos ‘tone’.

Pronunciation

oxytone

/ˈɒksɪtəʊn/