violoncello

noun vi·o·lon·cel·lo \ ˌvī-ə-lən-ˈche-(ˌ)lō , ˌvē- \

Definition of violoncello

: cello

violoncellist

play \ˌvī-ə-lən-ˈche-list, ˌvē-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of 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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