- an obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck.
Origin of theorbo
1595–1605; < Italian teorba, variant of tiorba, special use of Venetian tiorba, variant of tuorba traveling bag ≪ Turkish torba bag; so called from the bag it was carried in
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She was aught drawing, singing, and to play on the theorbo; had learning, and wrote very agreeable verses.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete
Jean Jacques Rousseau
And every night the player of the theorbo left the wall, approached him, and spoke in a clear voice mingled with soft breathing.Thais
At noon played on my Theorbo, and much pleased therewith; it is now altered with a new neck.
I had a good dinner for them, as a venison pasty and some fowl, and after dinner we did play, he on the theorbo.
On a table with curved legs placed in the embrasure of the window lay a lute, a theorbo, and some pieces of unfinished tapestry.The Knight of Malta
- music an obsolete form of the lute, having two necks, one above the other, the second neck carrying a set of unstopped sympathetic bass strings
C17: from Italian teorba, probably from Venetian, variant of tuorba travelling bag, ultimately from Turkish torba bag
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