trom·​bone | \ träm-ˈbōn How to pronounce trombone (audio) , (ˌ)trəm-ˈbōn, ˈträm-ˌbōn \

Definition of trombone

: 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

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Other Words from trombone

trombonist \ träm-​ˈbō-​nist How to pronounce trombone (audio) , (ˌ)trəm-​ˈbō-​ , ˈträm-​ˌbō-​ \ noun

Examples of trombone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Features historic Hook & Hastings Manual Pump Organ along with ensemble of violin, flute, trumpet and trombone. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 26 July 2021 One person added a musical component, playing a trombone as the parade marched by. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, 3 July 2021 Born to music-loving parents, Riddle took lessons on both piano and trombone, which became his favorite instrument. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 1 June 2021 The Excelsior Band’s full complement of musicians consists of trumpet players, a tuba, bass drum, snare drum, saxophone players and a trombone player. J.d. Crowe |, al, 21 May 2021 Despite his sometimes fiery hard-bop style, Mr. Fuller was considered a talented ballad player, with a particularly soft, mellow tone on trombone. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Givens was a trombone player in high school and college and spent close to a decade singing bass in barbershop quartets. oregonlive, 18 May 2021 But the music does contain exquisite moments, like trombone chorales, sweeping cello melodies and lyrical tunes in the winds, which were all realized beautifully by DSO members. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 Every afternoon, the sounds of his trombone swelled from the stairwell, jazz melodies filtering between the creaky, red floorboards. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of trombone

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trombone

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

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The first known use of trombone was circa 1724

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“Trombone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trombone

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


trom·​bone | \ träm-ˈbōn How to pronounce trombone (audio) \

Kids Definition of trombone

: 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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