[ vahy-bruh-fohn ]
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  1. Also vibes . a musical percussion instrument that resembles a marimba and is played with mallets, but that has metal instead of wooden bars and has a set of electrically powered resonators for sustaining the tone or creating a vibrato.

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Origin of vibraphone

First recorded in 1925–30; from Latin vibrā(re) “to shake” + -phone

Other words from vibraphone

  • vi·bra·phon·ist [vahy-bruh-foh-nist, vahy-brof-uh-], /ˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊ nɪst, vaɪˈbrɒf ə-/, noun

Words Nearby vibraphone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for vibraphone


esp US vibraharp (ˈvaɪbrəˌhɑːp)

/ (ˈvaɪbrəˌfəʊn) /

  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 forms of vibraphone

  • vibraphonist, noun

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