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

Definition of cello

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

Examples of cello in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although enamored of the trombone from age 5, Grachan nonetheless received a cello from his father. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 9 June 2022 Not including non-Philharmonic events, the most profound and memorable evening was watching Yo-Yo Ma sitting solo on that huge stage playing the entire Bach cello concertos. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Yet the cello sonata shows his concurrent predilection for conservative neoclassicism. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 But a girl playing cello isn’t nearly metal enough for Hunter, in part because nothing is. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 The opening seconds of the theme, for example, allude to the Gregorian-chant choir from the game, but done with female vocalists and solo cello. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 2 June 2022 Nancy Ives leads the cello section in the Oregon Symphony, plays contemporary chamber music with FearNoMusic and Portland Cello Project, and is one of Oregon’s most prominent and accomplished classical musicians. oregonlive, 1 June 2022 In part, that sound arrived via the cello skills of Talor Smith, Kristin Schmit and Connor Hunt. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Bandleader Misa Arriaga flanked her to one side and Emily Nelson, a cello player who came up through the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, on the other. Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 Jun 2022

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“Cello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cello. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for cello


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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