[ sak-buht ]
/ ˈsækˌbʌt /


a medieval form of the trombone.
Bible. an ancient stringed musical instrument. Dan. 3.

Origin of sackbut

1495–1505; < Middle French saquebute, earlier saqueboute, saquebot(t)e orig., a kind of hooked lance, apparently with saque (it) pulls (see saccade); identity of 2nd element uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sackbut

/ (ˈsækˌbʌt) /


a medieval form of trombone

Word Origin for sackbut

C16: from French saqueboute, from Old French saquer to pull + bouter to push; see butt ³: used in the Bible (Daniel 3) as a mistranslation of Aramaic sabb'ka stringed instrument
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