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violoncello

[vee-uh-luh n-chel-oh, vahy-] /ˌvi ə lənˈtʃɛl oʊ, ˌvaɪ-/
noun, plural violoncellos.
1.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to violon(e) violone + -cello diminutive suffix
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  • In this instrument collection were three violins, one viola, and one violoncello.
British Dictionary definitions for violoncello

violoncello

/ˌvaɪələnˈtʃɛləʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
the full name for cello
Derived Forms
violoncellist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from violone + -cello, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for violoncello
n.

1724, from Italian violoncello, diminutive of violone "bass viol," augmentative of viola (see viola).

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