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sackbut Line breaks: sack|but
Pronunciation: /ˈsakbʌt/

Definition of sackbut in English:


An early form of trombone used in Renaissance music.
Example sentences
  • The Bassanos were particularly associated with the royal wind music, as players of recorders, sackbuts, and other wind instruments.
  • The moment these records first appeared, pop groups were experimenting with sackbuts, rebecs and crumhorns.
  • That's because any festival, whether it celebrates the sackbut and crumhorn of early music, or the sword and society of the Vikings, brings in enthusiasts.


Late 15th century: from French saquebute, from obsolete saqueboute 'hook for pulling a man off a horse', from saquer 'to pull' + bouter 'to hit'.

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