noun, plural vi·o·lon·cel·los.
Origin of violoncello
Examples from the Web for violoncello
Historical Examples of violoncello
Old Brunken was in the music-room, playing to himself upon the violoncello.The First Violin
I will order a carriage for them, and they will take charge of your violoncello.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
A Violoncello by Nicholas Amati, with case and bow, £17 17s.
He plays the Fiddle well, the Harpsichord well, the Violoncello well.
They have also a kind of clarinet, three or four different sorts of trumpets, and a stringed instrument not unlike a violoncello.
noun plural -los
Word Origin for violoncello
1724, from Italian violoncello, diminutive of violone "bass viol," augmentative of viola (see viola).