[ soo-zuh-fohn, -suh- ]
/ ˈsu zəˌfoʊn, -sə- /
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a form of bass tuba, similar to the helicon, used in brass bands.
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OTHER WORDS FROM sousaphonesou·sa·phon·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sousaphone
/ (ˈsuːzəˌfəʊn) /
music a large tuba that encircles the player's body and has a bell facing forwards
Derived forms of sousaphonesousaphonist, noun
Word Origin for sousaphone
C20: named after John Philip Sousa
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Cultural definitions for sousaphone
A kind of tuba that wraps around the player's body so that it can be carried easily while marching.
notes for sousaphone
The sousaphone is named after the bandmaster John Philip Sousa, who suggested building the instrument in this shape.
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