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

Examples of violoncello in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with Lebedinsky, the group includes Kati Kyme on viola, William Skeen on violoncello and viola da gamba, Kevin Cooper on the lute-like theorbo, and violinists Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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