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[trom-bohn, trom-bohn] /trɒmˈboʊn, ˈtrɒm boʊn/
a musical wind instrument consisting of a cylindrical metal tube expanding into a bell and bent twice in a U shape, usually equipped with a slide (slide trombone)
Origin of trombone
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to tromb(a) trumpet (< Provençal < Germanic; compare Old High German trumpa, trumba horn, trumpet) + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
[trom-boh-nist, trom-boh-] /trɒmˈboʊ nɪst, ˈtrɒm boʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slide trombone
Historical Examples
  • The Policeman took the saxophone, and the German the slide trombone.

  • For a year we had Mason Peters, who was a wonder on the slide trombone.

    Homeburg Memories George Helgesen Fitch
  • A player on a slide trombone changes the pitch of the notes by lengthening and shortening the tube while he blows through it.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • He love very much the man what play the long horn like this'—she indicated a slide trombone.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • "Like some one who doesn't know how, trying to play the slide trombone," she commented.

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British Dictionary definitions for slide trombone

slide trombone

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a brass instrument, a low-pitched counterpart of the trumpet, consisting of a tube the effective length of which is varied by means of a U-shaped slide. The usual forms of this instrument are the tenor trombone (range: about two and a half octaves upwards from E) and the bass trombone (pitched a fourth lower)
a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra
Derived Forms
trombonist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from tromba a trumpet, from Old High German trumba
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Word Origin and History for slide trombone



brass wind instrument, 1724, from Italian trombone, augmentative form of tromba "trumpet," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumba "trumpet;" see trumpet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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trombone definition

A brass instrument; the player can change its pitch by sliding one part of the tube in and out of the other. The tone of the trombone is mellower than that of the trumpet.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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