Definition of bombarde in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɑːd/


1A shawm (wind instrument) of alto pitch, used in medieval bands and in Breton folk music.
Example sentences
  • The biniou is usually heard in duet with a rustic shawm (the bombarde).
  • The most popular Breton folk instruments are the biniou (a small bagpipe) and the bombarde, which is similar to an oboe.
2A powerful bass reed organ stop.
Example sentences
  • The Williams Organ has one manual keyboard each for the Bombarde, Swell, Great, and Choir organs and the manuals are referred to (from top to bottom) by those names.
  • It is quite possible when used at full strength, to play a solo on the bombarde against the full great and swell coupled together.


Late Middle English: from Old French, denoting a shawm (see bombard).

Words that rhyme with bombarde


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Line breaks: bom|barde

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