sourdine

[ soo r-deen ]
/ sʊərˈdin /

noun Music.

an obsolete member of the oboe family.

Origin of sourdine

1670–80; < French: damper, mute < Italian sordina (feminine); see sordino
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British Dictionary definitions for sourdine

sourdine
/ (sʊəˈdiːn) /

noun music

a soft stop on an organ or harmonium
another word for sordino

Word Origin for sourdine

C17 (meaning: a muted trumpet): from French: a mute, from Italian; see sordino
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