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  1. a double bass.
  2. an organ pedal stop of 16-foot pitch, giving a tone resembling the violoncello.

Origin of violone

1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to viol(a) bass viol + -one augmentative suffix
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Historical Examples

  • As violino is the diminutive of viola, violoncino and violoncello are the diminutives of violone.

    The Violoncello and Its History</p>

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

British Dictionary definitions for violone


  1. the double-bass member of the viol family lying an octave below the viola da gamba. It corresponds to the double bass in the violin family

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from viola 1 + -one, augmentative suffix
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