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contrabass

[kon-truh-beys] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪs/
noun
1.
(in any family of instruments) the member below the bass.
2.
(in the violin family) the double bass.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of such instruments:
a contrabass trombone.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian; see contrabasso
Related forms
contrabassist
[kon-truh-bey-sist, -bas-ist] /ˈkɒn trəˌbeɪ sɪst, -ˌbæs ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contrabass

contrabass

/ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs/
noun
1.
a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
2.
another name for double bass
adjective
3.
of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
Derived Forms
contrabassist (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪsɪst; -ˈbæs-) noun
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