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 Cue the sad trombone. Improved Steering and a Drift Stick By and large, the new Mustang has the same platform as its predecessor, with the two sharing an essentially identical 107.0-inch wheelbase. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 While growing up in southern California, one of his passions was the trombone. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, 21 May 2022 Shorty sings and plays trombone, trumpet, organ, electric piano, synthesizer and percussion on the album. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 Max Schachter remembered his son, the trombone player who loved chocolate chip cookies, beef pot roast and video games. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 On average, brass instruments like tuba, trumpet and trombone spread almost three times as many aerosols as woodwinds such as oboes, clarinets or bassoons. Eva Amsen, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Chicago had nearly as many musicians on stage as Wilson's band — 10 in all, including founding members Robert Lamm on keyboards, keytar and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, and James Pankow on trombone and larger-than-life personality. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2022 The brief fourth movement is the one dark moment in the symphony —trombone and tuba octave blasts cut off the spirited third movement. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 On the title track, now a jazz standard, his trombone plays a central role in carrying the bold, declarative melody. New York Times, 14 May 2021 See More

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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 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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