Definition of bombardon in English:


Line breaks: bom|bar¦don
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɑːd(ə)n


  • A bass tuba.
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    • Every instrument, from the cornets on top to the bombardons or basses on the bottom, used the same valve fingerings.
    • Seven others were invoking the spirits of the ancient Roman cult of Jupiter with an assortment of instruments including bombardons, Celtic flutes and de rigueur Mellotrons
    • In fact, he did not even use one brass band: there are no cornets, saxhorns and bombardons in the score, but there is extra orchestral brass.


mid 19th century: from Italian bombardone, from bombardo 'cannon'. Compare with bombarde.

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