tuba

noun tu·ba \ ˈtü-bə , ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

tubaist

play \-bə(-i)st\ or tubist play \-bist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of tuba

Italian, from Latin, trumpet


TUBA Defined for English Language Learners

tuba

noun

Definition of tuba for English Language Learners

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


TUBA Defined for Kids

tuba

noun tu·ba \ ˈtü-bə , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tuba for Students

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


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