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violoncello

[ vee-uh-luhn-chel-oh, vahy- ]

noun

, plural vi·o·lon·cel·los.


violoncello

/ ˌvaɪələnˈtʃɛləʊ /

noun

  1. See cello
    the full name for cello


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Derived Forms

  • ˌviolonˈcellist, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of violoncello1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of violoncello1

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

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Example Sentences

For one room a piano, violin, and violoncello makes a good band.

What subdued the composer's individuality was no doubt the violoncello, which, however, is well provided with grateful cantilene.

My dear boy, not unless you wished to learn the violoncello.

The violoncello has its professional students among the gentler sex.

I send you the violoncello part; if you find that you can manage it, play it yourself, or let old Kraft do so.

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