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 Both of Northcut’s parents perform in the orchestra; his father plays the tuba and his mother plays the flute. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 The second oldest, Frankie, 18, is interested in playing instruments, especially the tuba. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 9 May 2022 One of the retirees, tuba player Steve Perry, is performing this weekend. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 Then, the trumpet solos began and a tuba pumped the bass. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2022 Cox made an expansive landscape, rich with color and depth — a special shout-out to Stephen Dumaine, whose steady tuba was the glue. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Monday morning, a man in a top hat with a sparkling white tuba posted up on the corner near where six people were fatally gunned down and a dozen were wounded over the weekend. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 There were tuba players, tap-dancers and harmonica players. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 The pep band, which usually numbers in single digits, was filled with drummers, saxophonists and tuba players adorned in baby blue Hawaiian shirts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Tuba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuba. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for tuba


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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