trombone

[ trom-bohn, trom-bohn ]
/ trɒmˈboʊn, ˈtrɒm boʊn /
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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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British Dictionary definitions for trombone

trombone

/ (trɒmˈbəʊn) /

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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Culture definitions for trombone

trombone

A 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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