[ kon-truh-beys ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs /


(in any family of instruments) the member below the bass.
(in the violin family) the double bass.


of, relating to, or characteristic of such instruments: a contrabass trombone.

Origin of contrabass

From Italian, dating back to 1590–1600; see origin at contrabasso

Related forms

con·tra·bass·ist [kon-truh-bey-sist, -bas-ist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contrabass


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs) /


a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
another name for double bass


of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass

Derived Forms

contrabassist (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪsɪst, -ˈbæs-), noun
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