sack·​but ˈsak-(ˌ)bət How to pronounce sackbut (audio)
: the medieval and Renaissance trombone

Examples of sackbut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cue the valveless trumpets, natural horns, and sackbuts: The Boston Early Music Festival is back. Jeremy Eichler,, 19 May 2023

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Word History


Middle French saqueboute hooked lance, sackbut, from saquer to pull + boter to push — more at butt entry 3

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sackbut was in 1533

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“Sackbut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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