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vibraphone Line breaks: vi¦bra|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪbrəfəʊn/

Definition of vibraphone in English:


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A musical percussion instrument with a double row of tuned metal bars, each above a tubular resonator containing a motor-driven rotating vane, giving a vibrato effect.
Example sentences
  • ‘Maybe we'll have some congas and bongos, marimba and vibraphones, a bass drum, cow bells - perhaps a Chinese gong,’ she said, thoughtfully.
  • Mr. Herman sits surrounded by 20 percussion instruments, including two timpani, vibraphones, glockenspiel, chimes, cymbals and sleigh bells.
  • Moore has a guitar, Cline has a guitar with some effects pedals, Gustaffson has a saxophone, a clarinet and a flute, and Winant has a drum kit, a vibraphone, and some various percussion.


Example sentences
  • More striking, however, was their arrangement: front and centre were the vibraphonists.
  • As master jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson said: ‘What is soul in jazz?’
  • Shipp has also introduced a fascinating wild card: the largely overlooked vibraphonist Khan Jamal, who has worked with such legends of the avant-garde as drummer Sunny Murray and Sun Ra.


1920s: from vibrato + -phone.

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