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cello

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛləʊ
 
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Definition of cello in English:

noun (plural cellos)

A bass instrument of the violin family, held upright on the floor between the legs of the seated player.
Example sentences
  • On this recording, there are nine violins, three violas, three cellos, a double bass, one flute, three oboes, one bassoon, three trumpets, a set of timpani, and a harpsichord.
  • The Mayo Strings is an all-string orchestra - violins, violas, cellos and double bass - based in Castlebar, but including players from around the county.
  • It was the composers of the late 18th century who created the precursor of the modern orchestra based on a more standardized string group of two violin parts, violas, cellos, and double bass, still with a keyboard continuo.

Origin

late 19th century: shortening of violoncello.

Derivatives

cellist

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noun
Example sentences
  • Lovers of fine cello playing will definitely want to sample this master cellist in this baroque repertoire.
  • She has collaborated with many artists, including violinists Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Joseph Swenson and Ani Kavafian, and cellists Carter Brey and Colin Carr.
  • The numerous Italian cellists who came to London in the eighteenth century - and against whom Robert Lindley uniquely held his own - are discussed by Lowell Lindgren.

Words that rhyme with cello

Bargello, bellow, bordello, Donatello, fellow, jello, martello, mellow, morello, niello, Novello, Pirandello, Portobello, Punchinello, Uccello, violoncello, yellow

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