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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One of those is Oliver Luck, a retired teacher with a doctorate in education who served in special services during the Korean War as a trombone player for the U.S. Air Force band. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans ceremony honors Congress members from the armed forces," 21 July 2019 The viewer doesn't really get to know Kumiko or her many friends — let alone Shuichi, the hapless trombone player who tries to date her. Charles Solomon,, "Review: ‘Sound! Euphonium the Movie — Our Promise: A Brand New Day’ feels undeveloped," 10 July 2019 Dave’s expertise as a professional trombone player and music teacher for the past 38 years has given his students the tools needed to excel on their instruments. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury teachers who are saying goodbye at the end of the school year," 3 June 2019 Before the two students loss their lives in the mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, Schacter played trombone and Montalto was a color guard member. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Cool events during hot August in around South Florida," 24 July 2019 Jerry Amoury, who was then a trombone player in the Army band, was onstage during every show with Franken and Tweeden in 2006, and performed on two other U.S.O. tours with Franken. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Case of Al Franken," 22 July 2019 Bird said the highlights of her stay included traveling to Germany, Greece and the Black Sea, taking high school Mandarin Chinese classes -- albeit with Bulgarian instruction -- and playing the trombone with the very talented orchestra. John Benson,, "Brecksville’s Grace Bird returns home after studying abroad in Bulgaria," 17 July 2019 Unlike many successful musicians, Piyawat didn't begin to fully explore his passion for music until his teenage years, joining his high school's marching band as a trombone player. Karla Cripps, CNN, "Meet the rebel Thai composer taking music to unheard heights," 10 July 2019 What little plot there is features three recurring, biblically inspired protagonists: Michael, represented by a tenor and a trumpet; Eve, by a soprano and a basset horn; and Lucifer, by a bass and a trombone and flute. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Three Days, Four Helicopters, One Bone-Shaking Opera Marathon," 4 June 2019

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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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