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 trombonist (audio) , (ˌ)trəm-​ˈbō-​ , ˈträm-​ˌbō-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Throttle response is instantaneous, and the engine always rewards prods of the pedal with a surge in the back and a trombone-like blast from the exhaust. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Caterham Super 7 Blends the Lightweight Purity of the Lotus 7 With A Modern Drivetrain," 28 June 2020 There would be little of the topless, trombone-playing debauchery of the usual march, this year. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March," 24 June 2020 Lowery went on to a great career as a whistler, making his name in the 1930s with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra, whose arranger was a trombone player named Glenn Miller. Michael Corcoran,, "First recording of popular cowboy ballad ‘Home on the Range’ was made in San Antonio," 29 Apr. 2020 In it, Willard’s manager character, a blond, moussed guy in a trombone-print shirt, interrupts a group of plucky folk singers rehearsing a sea shanty for a show. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "No One Had Instincts Like Fred Willard," 18 May 2020 There have been two-person second lines; front-porch trombone concerts; coordinated, appropriately distanced street dances. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Alex was a talented trombone and baritone player in his high school marching band and orchestra, said Alexander Kaminsky, the school director of bands, the Sun Sentinel reported. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Parkland shooting 2 years later: Remembering the 17 victims of the school massacre," 14 Feb. 2020 And Kit McClure, who with her trombone elbowed her way into the school’s marching band and went on to be an active feminist and a successful musician. Adrianna Smith, Washington Post, "The pioneering women who fought to get in, and fit in, at Yale," 22 Nov. 2019 So how has ska music retained such resonance when the rest of the world cast it off as a silly fad of the ‘90s; a cultural blip that simply put down its trombone and died? Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Ska Lives: How the Genre's Fourth Wave Has Managed to Pick It Up Where the '90s Left Off," 25 Apr. 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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“Trombone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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