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[bom-ber-duh n, bom-bahr-dn]
  1. a bass reed stop on a pipe organ.
  2. a large, deep-toned, valved, brass wind instrument resembling a tuba.
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Origin of bombardon

1855–60; < Italian bombardone wind instrument, equivalent to bombard(o) an oboelike instrument, orig., mortar (see bombard) + -one augmentative suffix
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Historical Examples of bombardon

  • As well liken a fugue with flute and cymbals to an oratorio with bombardon and sky-rockets!

    Fly Fishing in Wonderland


  • A cripple, in whom one would scarcely recognize the former stalwart Sergeant Bombardon, is the bearer.

  • Sergeant Bombardon, who is to take away the drafted men, is already in town with his soldiers.

  • The bombardon in B flat or C, an octave lower than the euphonium, corresponds to the contrabass tuba in the orchestra.

British Dictionary definitions for bombardon


  1. a brass instrument of the tuba type, similar to a sousaphone
  2. a 16-foot bass reed stop on an organ
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Word Origin for bombardon

C19: from Italian bombardone; see bombard
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