cello

play
noun cel·lo \ˈche-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of cello

plural

cellos

also

celli

play \-lē\
  1. :  the bass member of the violin family tuned an octave below the viola

cellist

play \ˈche-list\ noun

Origin and Etymology of cello

short for violoncello


First Known Use: 1855


CELLO Defined for English Language Learners

cello

play
noun cel·lo \ˈche-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of cello for English Language Learners

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


CELLO Defined for Kids

cello

play
noun cel·lo \ˈche-lō\

Definition of cello for Students

plural

cellos

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


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