tu·​ba | \ ˈtü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tuba

: a large low-pitched brass instrument usually oval in shape and having a conical tube, a cup-shaped mouthpiece, and a usual range an octave lower than that of the euphonium

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Other Words from tuba

tubaist \ ˈtü-​bə(-​i)st How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ or tubist \ ˈtü-​bist How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ noun

Examples of tuba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brass Quintet features Joe Klause and Logan Brown, trumpet; Doug Riggs, French horn; Greg Scholl, trombone; and Joe Ready, tuba. oregonlive, "5 things to do this week: Brass Quintet, ‘A Thousand Ways,’ and Hannah Newman art show," 20 Jan. 2021 During a 2017 interview with Roll Magazine, Johnson, a longtime Harlem resident who also spent time living in Los Angeles, was asked what initially drew him to the tuba. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "‘Saturday Night Live’ musician, Alabama native Howard Johnson has died," 11 Jan. 2021 The source of the roar was Willie Clark’s tuba — nearly the size of a harp and even more formidable. Washington Post, "With the Barclay Brass, D.C. takes an outsized role in the small world of classical brass music," 4 Jan. 2021 More than 200 tuba players of all ages took the stage, while a gallant audience listened despite the dumping rain. Jules Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "A holiday lift to play out a long year: Bring on the tubas (animation)," 15 Dec. 2020 Axiom Brass consists of Puccini, Jr., another trumpeter Michael Hawes, French hornist Matthew Bronstein, trombonist Corey Sansolo and tuba player Kevin Harrison. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Rendezvous Arts Series presents acclaimed Axiom Brass, STEAM Quartet," 8 Dec. 2020 The tuba player could miss his block and still Fields would find his way to the end zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ohio State has date with destiny — or so Big Ten, CFP committee seem to believe," 5 Dec. 2020 Next weekend features Meschiya Lake on Friday, Nov. 27; Preservation Hall tuba player and artistic director Ben Jaffe on Saturday; and Lonnie Holley on Sunday, Nov. 29. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Upcoming live entertainment events in New Orleans," 20 Nov. 2020 Among over 50 selections are JáTtik Clark, tuba, and Charles Reneau, bass trombone, playing Mozart, violist Leah Ilem layering a hymn by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and violinist Fumino Ando performing a beautiful Japanese song. oregonlive, "Virtual events bring classical music calendar to life: 2020 fall arts guide," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tuba

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tuba

Italian, from Latin, trumpet

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21 Feb 2021

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“Tuba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuba. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tuba

: a large brass musical instrument that is played by blowing air into it and that produces low tones


tu·​ba | \ ˈtü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of tuba

: a brass musical instrument of lowest pitch with an oval shape and valves for producing different tones

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