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trombone

[trom-bohn, trom-bohn] /trɒmˈboʊn, ˈtrɒm boʊn/
noun
1.
a musical wind instrument consisting of a cylindrical metal tube expanding into a bell and bent twice in a U shape, usually equipped with a slide (slide trombone)
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to tromb(a) trumpet (< Provençal < Germanic; compare Old High German trumpa, trumba horn, trumpet) + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
trombonist
[trom-boh-nist, trom-boh-] /trɒmˈboʊ nɪst, ˈtrɒm boʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trombones'

trombone

/trɒmˈbəʊn/
noun
1.
a brass instrument, a low-pitched counterpart of the trumpet, consisting of a tube the effective length of which is varied by means of a U-shaped slide. The usual forms of this instrument are the tenor trombone (range: about two and a half octaves upwards from E) and the bass trombone (pitched a fourth lower)
2.
a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra
Derived Forms
trombonist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from tromba a trumpet, from Old High German trumba
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trombone

n.

brass wind instrument, 1724, from Italian trombone, augmentative form of tromba "trumpet," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumba "trumpet;" see trumpet).

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trombone definition


A brass instrument; the player can change its pitch by sliding one part of the tube in and out of the other. The tone of the trombone is mellower than that of the trumpet.

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