Definition of quinton in English:

quinton

noun

Music
  • A small five-stringed instrument with a fretted neck, combining features of both the viol and the violin, which originated in France in the 18th cent. Occasionally also applied to the pardessus de viole.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Grove (1820–1900), writer on music and lexicographer. From French quinton from either classical Latin quīntus fifth or French † quinte part of a string ensemble, type of stringed instrument, viola + -on.

Pronunciation

quinton

/ˈkãtɒ̃//ˈkwɪnt(ə)n/