(especially in ancient Greek) having an acute accent on the last syllable.
- ‘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.’
A word having an acute accent on the last syllable.
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from Greek oxutonos, from oxus sharp + tonos tone.