Definition of theorbo
: a stringed instrument of the 17th century resembling a large lute but having an extra set of long bass strings
Recent Examples of theorbo from the Web
Though they were identified as the New York City Opera Orchestra, several were early-instrument specialists, including Grant Herreid, who contributed strongly on theorbo and guitar.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'theorbo'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of theorbo
modification of Italian tiorba, teorba
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
Learn More about theorbo
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about theorbo
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up theorbo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).