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