violoncello

[ vee-uh-luh n-chel-oh, vahy- ]
/ ˌvi ə lənˈtʃɛl oʊ, ˌvaɪ- /

noun, plural vi·o·lon·cel·los.

Origin of violoncello

1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to violon(e) violone + -cello diminutive suffix
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violoncello

/ (ˌvaɪələnˈtʃɛləʊ) /

noun plural -los

the full name for cello

Derived Forms

violoncellist, noun

Word Origin for violoncello

C18: from Italian, from violone + -cello, diminutive suffix
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