(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.
- con·tra·bass·ist [kon-truh-bey-sist, -bas-ist], /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contrabass
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
- contrabassist (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪsɪst, -ˈbæs-), noun
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