Definitions for Celloˈtʃɛl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cel•loˈtʃɛl oʊ(n.)(pl.)-los.

  1. the second largest member of the violin family, rested vertically on the floor between the performer's knees when played; violoncello.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of cello:

1875–80; short for violoncello

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cello, violoncello(noun)

    a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cello(noun)ˈtʃɛl oʊ

    a stringed instrument played between the knees

Wiktionary

  1. cello(Noun)

    A large stringed instrument of the violin family with four strings. (From lowest to highest C-G-D-A)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cello(noun)

    a contraction for Violoncello

Freebase

  1. Cello

    The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin and viola. The cello is used as a solo instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles, string orchestras, and as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras. It is the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest. Cellos were derived from other mid- to large-sized bowed instruments in the 16th century, such as the viola da gamba, and the generally smaller and squarer viola da braccio, and such instruments made by members of the Amati family of luthiers. The invention of wire-wrapped strings in Bologna gave the cello greater versatility. By the 18th century, the cello had largely replaced other mid-sized bowed instruments. A person who plays the cello is called a cellist.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

'cello(noun)

(short forˈvioloncello ) a stringed musical instrument similar to, but much larger than, a violin.

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