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

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 3 Feb. 2023.

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