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Origin of vibraphone

1925–30; < Latin vibrā(re) to shake + -phone
Related formsvi·bra·phon·ist [vahy-bruh-foh-nist, vahy-brof-uh-] /ˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊ nɪst, vaɪˈbrɒf ə-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for vibraphone

carillon, vibraphone, marimba

British Dictionary definitions for vibraphone


esp US vibraharp (ˈvaɪbrəˌhɑːp)

  1. a percussion instrument, used esp in jazz, consisting of a set of metal bars placed over tubular metal resonators, which are made to vibrate electronically
Derived Formsvibraphonist, noun
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Word Origin and History for vibraphone

1926, from vibrato + -phone, from Greek -phone.

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