Definition of bombarde in English:


Line breaks: bom|barde
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɑːd


1A shawm (wind instrument) of alto pitch, used in medieval bands and in Breton folk music.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).

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