tu·​ba ˈtü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio)
: 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 noun
or tubist
ˈtü-bist How to pronounce tuba (audio)

Illustration of tuba

Illustration of tuba

Examples of tuba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Noseda coaxed out beautiful balance between the brass and the strings — with special credit going to the cool, clean, substantial tuba of Stephen Dumaine. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2023 Agave distillation began in Colima, research shows, through the adaptation of the Philippine technique for distilling coconut spirits, turning tuba into a stronger coconut liquor known as lambanog or bahalina. Paola Briseño-Gonzalez, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 But the tuba – namely the circular kind called a sousaphone – is big. Michelle Krupa, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 Rayborn studied tuba and played trombone before delving into audio production and sound engineering. Nell Salzman, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2023 An annual antiabortion protest marched along just off-camera, complete with a full band with bagpipes and a tuba. Richard Morgan, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2023 Polish your tuba and rock the lederhosen. Wsj Off Duty Editors, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 But from early Sunday afternoon until night’s fall, acts such as Dominican rapper Chimbala, enigmatic Colombian vocalist Ryan Castro, sultry Persian-Swedish chanteuse Snoh Aalegra and the 14-piece, two-tuba-filled, pink jacket-wearing, Mexican-American corrido ensemble Fuerza Regida ruled. Chris Willman, Variety, 5 Sep. 2022 Otto said the issue is whether the district needs to respect his copyright, and respect the agreement that gives him the right to decide anytime Edina wants to embroider the hornet on a hockey uniform, stamp it on the bell of a marching-band tuba or paint it on a school floor. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Latin, trumpet

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tuba was in 1852

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“Tuba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuba. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


tu·​ba ˈt(y)ü-bə How to pronounce tuba (audio)
: a brass musical instrument of lowest pitch with an oval shape and valves for producing different tones

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