1 [chel-oh]
noun, plural cellos.
the second largest member of the violin family, rested vertically on the floor between the performer's knees when being played.
Also called violoncello.

1875–80; short for violoncello

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2 [sel-oh]
noun, adjective Informal.

by shortening

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cello (ˈtʃɛləʊ)
n , pl -los
music Full name: violoncello a bowed stringed instrument of the violin family. Range: more than four octaves upwards from C below the bass staff. It has four strings, is held between the knees, and has an extendible metal spike at the lower end, which acts as a support

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1876, shortening of violoncello (q.v.).
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cello [(chel-oh)]

An instrument in the violin family, known for its rich tone. Among the strings, or stringed instruments, the cello has the second-lowest range, higher only than the bass viol, and it has the lowest part in string quartets. Cellists hold the instrument between their knees to play it. Cello is short for violoncello.

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Cello definition

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Example sentences
With arrangements for cello and squeezebox, his music is beautiful and haunting.
Then it thins out again, tapering down to one last pluck of the cello.
Concert-goers will hear professionals play the piano, cello and violin during
  the shows.
It also blends well with the use of my other favorite instrument, the cello.
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