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cello

1

[ chel-oh ]

noun

, plural cel·los.
  1. the second largest member of the violin family, rested vertically on the floor between the performer's knees when being played.


cello

2

[ sel-oh ]

noun

, Informal.

cello

/ ˈtʃɛləʊ /

noun

  1. music a bowed stringed instrument of the violin family. Range: more than four octaves upwards from C below the bass staff. It has four strings, is held between the knees, and has an extendible metal spike at the lower end, which acts as a support Full namevioloncello


cello

  1. An instrument in the violin family, known for its rich tone. Among the strings , or stringed instruments, the cello has the second-lowest range, higher only than the bass viol , and it has the lowest part in string quartets . Cellists hold the instrument between their knees to play it. Cello is short for violoncello .


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Derived Forms

  • ˈcellist, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cello1

First recorded in 1875–80; short for violoncello

Origin of cello2

By shortening

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Example Sentences

Classically trained in piano and cello, Fisher had also picked up the guitar as a teenager.

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The same goes for handling a bicycle, riding a wave, growing a garden, or playing the cello.

They played, respectively, a cello, djembe drum, and floor tom drum.

Yo-Yo Ma started sharing cello solos he called “Songs of Comfort” during early pandemic days.

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Boynton wrote, illustrated, and directed the creation of the Jungle Night video, while Ma used his cello to bring to life the sounds of snoozing jungle creatures.

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Only one of each: one bass, one cello, like a string quintet.

In full disclosure, I play the cello, and it is my favorite instrument.

We teach them everything from how to mic their cello to how to book a gig.

My roommate, a talented musician and mathematician, gave up the cello and took a job as an investment banker.

The cello adds an elegant dramatic touch to a song many have found rather devoid of emotion.

Anne-Marie lifts her right arm slowly, and strikes the low G—a long vibrating note, like the note of a 'cello.

It was not simply that his 'cello was his joy and pride, but he felt it to be a recognition of his return to respectability.

Dr. Vereker won't have a cab; he will leave the 'cello till next time, and walk.

If one has a few pieces (violin, cello, bass viol, flute) to play Hungarian airs during the dinner it will please the guests.

Short-distance travel with a 'cello is not much more agreeable.

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