sourdine

noun sour·dine

Definition of sourdine

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  any of several obsolete musical instruments distinguished by their low or soft tone: such as a :  a trumpet used in giving soldiers the signal to march b :  spinet

  2. 2 :  2mute 3

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Origin and Etymology of sourdine

French, from Italian sordina, sordino, from sordo silent, dull-sounding, deaf (from Latin surdus) + -ina, -ino (diminutive suffixes) — more at surd


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