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symphony orchestra

a large orchestra composed of wind, string, and percussion instruments and organized to perform symphonic compositions.
Origin of symphony orchestra
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was nothing in the world she loved so much as a symphony orchestra.


    Jane Abbott
  • At first he took in the symphony orchestra because he was dragged thither.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • A world-famous pianist was to play with the symphony orchestra that afternoon.

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • He was surprised to find that every symphony orchestra had a yearly deficit.

  • Anyone would think it was a disgrace not to have been lullabyed to sleep when a baby by a symphony orchestra!

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch
  • It must be something to learn to play in a city where there is a symphony orchestra, Betty thought.

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  • The gorgeous splendor of the sunset compares in magnitude and in its various moods with the symphony orchestra and its powers.

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  • I wonder if you would care to use one of my tickets for the symphony orchestra next week?

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  • She's going on tour with a symphony orchestra and she's working up her repertory with Bowers.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for symphony orchestra

symphony orchestra

(music) an orchestra capable of performing symphonies, esp the large orchestra comprising strings, brass, woodwind, harp, and percussion
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