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  1. a double bass.
  2. an organ pedal stop of 16-foot pitch, giving a tone resembling the violoncello.
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Origin of violone

1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to viol(a) bass viol + -one augmentative suffix
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Historical Examples

  • As violino is the diminutive of viola, violoncino and violoncello are the diminutives of violone.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

British Dictionary definitions for violone


  1. the double-bass member of the viol family lying an octave below the viola da gamba. It corresponds to the double bass in the violin family
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from viola 1 + -one, augmentative suffix
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