violoncello

noun

vi·​o·​lon·​cel·​lo ˌvī-ə-lən-ˈche-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce violoncello (audio)
ˌvē-
: cello
violoncellist noun

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Italian, from violone "bass viol" (augmentative of viola "viola, viol") + -cello, diminutive suffix (variant of -ello after nouns ending in -one), going back to Latin -cellus, diminutive of -culus, diminutive suffix

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of violoncello was circa 1724

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Cite this Entry

“Violoncello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violoncello. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

violoncello

noun
vi·​o·​lon·​cel·​lo ˌvī-ə-lən-ˈchel-ō How to pronounce violoncello (audio)
ˌvē-
: cello

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