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Definitions for violoncello
ˌvi ə lənˈtʃɛl oʊ, ˌvaɪ-vi·o·lon·cel·lo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cello, violoncellonoun

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


  1. violoncellonoun

    A large stringed instrument of the violin family, but smaller than the double bass.


  1. violoncello

    The cello ( CHEL-oh; plural celli or cellos) or violoncello ( VY-ə-lən-CHEL-oh; Italian pronunciation: [vjolonˈtʃɛllo]) is a bowed (sometimes plucked and occasionally hit) string instrument of the violin family. Its four strings are usually tuned in perfect fifths: from low to high, C2, G2, D3 and A3. The viola's four strings are each an octave higher. Music for the cello is generally written in the bass clef, with tenor clef, and treble clef used for higher-range passages. Played by a cellist or violoncellist, it enjoys a large solo repertoire with and without accompaniment, as well as numerous concerti. As a solo instrument, the cello uses its whole range, from bass to soprano, and in chamber music such as string quartets and the orchestra's string section, it often plays the bass part, where it may be reinforced an octave lower by the double basses. Figured bass music of the Baroque-era typically assumes a cello, viola da gamba or bassoon as part of the basso continuo group alongside chordal instruments such as organ, harpsichord, lute, or theorbo. Cellos are found in many other ensembles, from modern Chinese orchestras to cello rock bands.


  1. violoncello

    A violoncello, commonly known as a cello, is a string instrument of the violin family that is played with a bow. It is larger than a violin and viola but smaller than a double bass. The cello produces a deep and rich sound, and it is played while seated with the instrument positioned vertically between the legs. It is used in various musical genres such as classical, jazz, and pop.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Violoncellonoun

    a stringed instrument of music; a bass viol of four strings, or a bass violin with long, large strings, giving sounds an octave lower than the viola, or tenor or alto violin

  2. Etymology: [It. violoncello, dim. of violone a bass viol. See Violone.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Violoncello

    vē-ō-lon-chel′ō, or vī-ō-lon-sel′ō, n. a large four-stringed musical instrument of the violin class, the quality of its tone even more sympathetic than that of the violin, held between the knees in playing—it superseded the Viol da gamba in the early part of the 18th century:—pl. Violoncell′os.—n. Violoncell′ist, a player on the violoncello. [It., dim. of violone, a bass violin; see next word.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of violoncello in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of violoncello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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