trombone

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noun trom·bone \träm-ˈbōn, (ˌ)trəm-ˈ, ˈträm-ˌ\

Definition of trombone

  1. :  a brass instrument consisting of a long cylindrical metal tube with two turns and having a movable slide or valves for varying the tone and a usual range one octave lower than that of the trumpet

trombonist

play \-ˈbō-nist, -ˌbō-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of trombone

Italian, augmentative of tromba trumpet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet


First Known Use: circa 1724


TROMBONE Defined for English Language Learners

trombone

play
noun

Definition of trombone for English Language Learners

  • : a large brass musical instrument that you blow into and that has a tube that you slide in and out to play different notes


TROMBONE Defined for Kids

trombone

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noun trom·bone \träm-ˈbōn\

Definition of trombone for Students

  1. :  a brass musical instrument made of a long bent tube that has a wide opening at one end and one section that slides in and out to make different tones



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