vi·​bra·​phone | \ ˈvī-brə-ˌfōn How to pronounce vibraphone (audio) \

Definition of vibraphone

: a percussion instrument resembling the xylophone but having metal bars and motor-driven resonators for sustaining the tone and producing a vibrato

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Other Words from vibraphone

vibraphonist \ ˈvī-​brə-​ˌfō-​nist How to pronounce vibraphone (audio) \ noun

Examples of vibraphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vibraphone and marimba later join in, playing warmly ringing harmonies. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 One successful vehicle was the Fo’tet, an unorthodox group consisting of clarinet, vibraphone, bass and drums. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 In the second minute, entertaining handoffs between the electric guitar and bass clarinet prepare the listener for subsequent pairings (as with the vibraphone and piano, heard together in the third minute). New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 Harp, marimba and vibraphone give the Rhinemaidens’ warning to Siegfried a suitably watery texture. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2020 His latest undertaking is a sextet featuring five younger musicians on the New York scene: Nathan Reising on alto saxophone, Morgan Guerin on tenor saxophone, Lex Korten on piano, Sasha Berliner on vibraphone and Nick Dunston on bass. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 In Rushefsky’s hands the tsimbl can resemble (or sound like) a harpsichord crossed with a vibraphone. John Adamian,, 29 Sep. 2019 Envisage Collective, made up of Kris Allen on sax, Chris Dingman on vibraphone and Noah Baerman on piano. Susan Dunne,, 4 Dec. 2019 Emil Richards, the famed percussionist, vibraphone specialist and L.A. session player who performed with Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa and scores of other greats and beat the bongos on the Mission: Impossible theme song, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of vibraphone

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibraphone

Latin vibrare + International Scientific Vocabulary -phone

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The first known use of vibraphone was in 1926

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“Vibraphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vibraphone

: an electronic musical instrument which has metal bars that you hit with small wooden hammers to play notes and which has a motor that makes the notes vibrate

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