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contrabass

noun con·tra·bass \ ˈkän-trə-ˌbās \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of contrabass

contrabassist

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌbā-sist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of contrabass

Italian contrabbasso, from contra- + basso bass


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contrabass

adjective

Definition of contrabass

: pitched lower than a bass instrument of the same type
  • a contrabass clarinet

First Known Use of contrabass

1834

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