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symphony orchestra

noun
1.
a large orchestra composed of wind, string, and percussion instruments and organized to perform symphonic compositions.
Origin of symphony orchestra
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • He was surprised to find that every symphony orchestra had a yearly deficit.

  • At first he took in the symphony orchestra because he was dragged thither.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • In order to make this clear, the ordinary arrangement of the various parts of a symphony orchestra is here supplied.

    Essentials in Conducting Karl Wilson Gehrkens
  • The gorgeous splendor of the sunset compares in magnitude and in its various moods with the symphony orchestra and its powers.

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  • It must be something to learn to play in a city where there is a symphony orchestra, Betty thought.

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  • The term "symphony orchestra" has been universally adopted, till we have symphony orchestras even in the moving picture houses.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • She's going on tour with a symphony orchestra and she's working up her repertory with Bowers.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • I wonder if you would care to use one of my tickets for the symphony orchestra next week?

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  • A symphony orchestra is very fine, but simple people like ourselves, we also love a band.

British Dictionary definitions for symphony orchestra

symphony orchestra

noun
1.
(music) an orchestra capable of performing symphonies, esp the large orchestra comprising strings, brass, woodwind, harp, and percussion
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