noun, plural the·or·bos.
an obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck.
Origin of theorbo
1595–1605; < Italian teorba, variant of tiorba, special use of Venetian tiorba, variant of tuorba traveling bag ≪ Turkish torba bag; so called from the bag it was carried inRelated formsthe·or·bist, noun
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Examples from the Web for theorbo
Historical Examples of theorbo
She was aught drawing, singing, and to play on the theorbo; had learning, and wrote very agreeable verses.
And every night the player of the theorbo left the wall, approached him, and spoke in a clear voice mingled with soft breathing.
At noon played on my Theorbo, and much pleased therewith; it is now altered with a new neck.
I had a good dinner for them, as a venison pasty and some fowl, and after dinner we did play, he on the theorbo.
On a table with curved legs placed in the embrasure of the window lay a lute, a theorbo, and some pieces of unfinished tapestry.
British Dictionary definitions for theorbo
noun plural -bos
Derived Formstheorbist, noun
music an obsolete form of the lute, having two necks, one above the other, the second neck carrying a set of unstopped sympathetic bass strings
Word Origin for theorbo
C17: from Italian teorba, probably from Venetian, variant of tuorba travelling bag, ultimately from Turkish torba bag
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