gam·​ba ˈgäm-bə How to pronounce gamba (audio) ˈgam- How to pronounce gamba (audio)

Examples of gamba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From a distance, a gamba looks a bit like a cello, but with sloping, rather than rounded, shoulders and a wider fingerboard under six or seven strings (versus the cello’s four). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 Accompanying instrumentalists -- two violins, a gamba, two theorbos (bass lutes), baroque harp and two harpsichords -- are divided at back corners of the stage. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 18 June 2019 His orchestra of 25 players included a dozen strings, pairs of recorders and cornets, harp, dulcian (bassoon) and gamba, with two harpsichords and four chitarrone again anchoring the continuo group. John Von Rhein,, 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamba was in 1612

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“Gamba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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