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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The growling trombone and heckling trumpet could be characters themselves. Mark Swed,, "Review: Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 The growling trombone and heckling trumpet could be characters themselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 The solemn accompaniment of pianississimo trumpets and trombones suggests a tentative rite of renewal and regeneration, which is what this opera offered to the postwar world in 1919. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 Charles Small, a teenage member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, has been a major influence on the trombone scene for decades. Nola Community Submission,, "New wind blowing: Chamber music group to make debut in the Marigny," 18 May 2018 The wind ensemble is part of a larger marching band that lost two freshman members in the massacre: Alex Schachter, a trombone and baritone player, and Gina Montalto, a member of the color guard. Jennifer Peltz, Fox News, "Florida school shooting survivors visit Sept. 11 museum," 8 Mar. 2018 Alex was a freshman trombone and baritone player who was on the rise in the school’s marching band and orchestra, his band teachers said. Lisa J. Huriash,, "UConn honors school shooting victim Alex Schachter," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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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