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

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Besides, Piers is allowed to rusty trombone the President of the United States, but Beckham can’t show mild affection for his own kid? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "David Beckham Kissed His Kid on the Mouth and For Some Reason That's a Big Deal," 29 Nov. 2018 The only other person on stage — or, rather, above it, perched in a tree — is musician Daniel Perelstein, accompanying the actors on harp and trombone. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "Arden's 'Snow White': seven dwarfs in 60 seconds, and a new way for kids to see themselves," 10 Apr. 2018 The horns – Walt Weiskopf on tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg on baritone, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, and Jim Pugh on trombone – simply killed all night. John Timpane,, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018 McGriff kicked off the night of racing at the track by playing the national anthem on his trombone. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Hershel McGriff, 90, becomes oldest-ever NASCAR racer," 7 May 2018 My son is a bright boy who takes painting lessons, plays the trombone, and dreams of being a filmmaker. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Five Early Lessons in Parenting," 5 May 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap,, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 Her husband played trombone in the Ryanggang musical performance group, which appeared at regional festivals. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "A North Korean defector paid smugglers to get her family out. China sent them back.," 27 June 2018 Portents of doom thundered from a septet of improvising trombones. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018

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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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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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