Definition of sousaphone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈso͞ozəˌfōn/


A form of tuba with a wide bell pointing forward above the player’s head and circular coils resting on the player’s left shoulder and right hip, used in marching bands.
Example sentences
  • It was from the helicon that Conn in the USA devised the sousaphone for the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa.
  • Out of the corner of my eye I saw a dozen musicians climb on stage with no less than 15 instruments, including sousaphone, bass trombone, accordion, pedal steel guitar, saw and theremin!
  • Various songs also make use of mouthbow, harmonica, sousaphone and trombone.



Pronunciation: /-ist/
Example sentences
  • In real life, the sousaphonist is always some scrawny schmuck who only wanted to play concert tuba for the Christmas pageant so his parents would have pictures.
  • The sound is held together by the rhythm section of sousaphonist Mike and drummer Mark.
  • Sure marching and playing are very important, but tuba players, particularly sousaphonists are not the sharpest pencils in the box.


1920s: named after J. P. Sousa (see Sousa, John Philip), on the pattern of saxophone.

Words that rhyme with sousaphone


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Syllabification: sou·sa·phone

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