violoncello

noun
vi·​o·​lon·​cel·​lo | \ ˌvī-ə-lən-ˈche-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce violoncello (audio) , ˌvē- \

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Other Words from violoncello

violoncellist \ ˌvī-​ə-​lən-​ˈche-​list How to pronounce violoncellist (audio) , ˌvē-​ \ noun

First Known Use of violoncello

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for violoncello

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

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The first known use of violoncello was circa 1724

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“Violoncello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violoncello. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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