EXAMPLES | noun a musical wind instrument consisting of a cylindrical metal tube expanding into a bell and bent twice in a U shape, usually equipped with a slide (slide trombone). Origin of trombone 1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to tromb(a) trumpet (< Provençal < Germanic; compare Old High German trumpa, trumba horn, trumpet) + -one augmentative suffix Related forms trom·bon·ist , [trom- boh-nist, trom-boh-] /trɒmˈboʊ nɪst, ˈtrɒm boʊ-/ noun
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Examples from the Web for slide trombone Historical Examples of slide trombone British Dictionary definitions for slide trombone noun a brass instrument, a low-pitched counterpart of the trumpet, consisting of a tube the effective length of which is varied by means of a U-shaped slide. The usual forms of this instrument are the tenor trombone (range: about two and a half octaves upwards from E) and the bass trombone (pitched a fourth lower) a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra Derived Forms trombonist, noun Word Origin for trombone
C18: from Italian, from
tromba a trumpet, from Old High German trumba
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Word Origin and History for slide trombone n.
brass wind instrument, 1724, from Italian
trombone, augmentative form of tromba "trumpet," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumba "trumpet;" see trumpet).
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slide trombone in Culture
brass instrument; the player can change its pitch by sliding one part of the tube in and out of the other. The tone of the trombone is mellower than that of the trumpet.
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