- See under trombone.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for slide trombone
Both of them put together would hardly make a full-sized warrior, and both play the slide-trombone in the band.A Village of Vagabonds
F. Berkeley Smith
- See trombone
- 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
C18: from Italian, from tromba a trumpet, from Old High German trumba
Word Origin and History for slide trombone
brass wind instrument, 1724, from Italian trombone, augmentative form of tromba "trumpet," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumba "trumpet;" see trumpet).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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