a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
A large stringed instrument of the violin family with four strings. (From lowest to highest C-G-D-A)
a contraction for Violoncello
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chel′o, for Violoncello; sometimes written 'Cello.—Cellist, 'Cellist, for Violoncellist.
The numerical value of Cello in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Cello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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Imagine hip hop and cello. That would be intense.
If someone is that good at playing a musical instrument, that, in itself, is like another language. So, you've just allowed that child to move to the next level. Danielle’s older sister created a plastic device to help hold her bow for her viola, which has one string less than a violin. The plastic device has helped, but she still needs more flexibility. Christopher has an assistive device to play the cello, but he said it's a little too heavy. Giavedoni plans to remake Danielle’s device by using a mold of her wrist and hand, and he’ll lighten Christopher’s device. For us, it's being able to let these kids show other kids and adults that ‘Don't look at me for what I don't have. Look at all the great things I can do,’.
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- soddgrwth, sieloWelsh
- Cello, VioloncelloGerman
- βιολοντσέλο, τσέλοGreek
- chelo, violoncheloSpanish
- gordonka, csellóHungarian
- violoncello, celloIndonesian
- selló, knéfiðlaIcelandic
- celloLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- celloNorwegian Nynorsk
- виоло̀нчело, violònčeloSerbo-Croatian
- violončelo, čeloSlovene
- tselo, biyolontseloTagalog
- çello, viyolonselTurkish
- چوڭ ئىسكىروپكاUyghur, Uighur
- وائلن نما سازUrdu
- sello, violonchelUzbek
- đàn viôlôngxen, xelôVietnamese
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