cel·​lo | \ ˈche-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce cello (audio) \
plural cellos also celli\ ˈche-​lē How to pronounce celli (audio) \

Definition of cello

: the bass member of the violin family tuned an octave below the viola

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Other Words from cello

cellist \ ˈche-​list How to pronounce cellist (audio) \ noun

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Dvorak specified that the first entry of the cello be made resolutely and with marked accent. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, "In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak," 30 June 2018 The textures become sumptuous thanks to violin, viola and the Parker Woods magical cello. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The ecstasy of Julius Eastman's ‘Femenine,’ and how angst and anger turn to beauty and grace," 23 May 2018 If his instrument, the cello, had ever given any player trouble at any point in history, there was no trace of it Wednesday night at his all-Beethoven recital with pianist Kirill Gerstein. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Clemens Hagen and Kirill Gerstein take on Beethoven at Kimmel," 22 Mar. 2018 Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak, a 2004 runner-up, found himself in the dark—literally—with a collection to finish when his alt-folk, cello-playing business partner went on tour with a punk band without paying the electric bill. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Vogue’s Fashion Fund Turns 15! Looking Back on the Prize That Changed American Style," 16 Oct. 2018 For the last concert of its 50th anniversary season, LACO was to perform with 19-year-old British cello virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason as guest soloist, but he was lured away by none other than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Star cellist, 19, was to perform in L.A., but then Meghan Markle called," 18 May 2018 Florin Parvelescu, violin; Nicholas Dold, piano; Samantha Cho, piano; David Goldblatt, cello. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 5 Apr. 2018 Signature Recital series: HUB Ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin and cello). Mark Rapp, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Arts listings for March 23-29: Cleveland rock photographer Anastasia Pantsios at Cleveland Print Room & More," 22 Mar. 2018 Ken Benshoof’s Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra was written for his wife, Theresa Benshoof, who retired as Seattle Symphony’s assistant principal cello in 2015. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Philharmonia Northwest presents old and new music created entirely by Seattle composers," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cello

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cello

short for violoncello

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The first known use of cello was in 1855

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English Language Learners Definition of cello

: a large musical instrument like a violin that is held between the player's knees while the player sits


cel·​lo | \ ˈche-lō How to pronounce cello (audio) \
plural cellos

Kids Definition of cello

: a large stringed instrument of the violin family that plays the bass part

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