Definition of euphonium in English:

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Pronunciation: /juːˈfəʊnɪəm/


A valved brass musical instrument of tenor pitch, resembling a small tuba.
Example sentences
  • Heckelphone, ondes-martenot, tubax, contrabassoon, serpent, octobasse, flugelhorn, euphonium are examples of musical instruments whose sex appeal does not live up to their exotic sounding names.
  • The euphonium differs from the B baritone saxhorn at the same pitch in being considerably wider in bore.
  • John also played the euphonium and the tuba with the Wiltshire Constabulary's band and the Wessex Wind Band.


Mid 19th century: from Greek euphōnos 'having a pleasing sound' + -ium.

Words that rhyme with euphonium

ammonium, harmonium, pandemonium, pelargonium, plutonium, polonium, zirconium

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