Definition of violoncello in English:


Syllabification: vi·o·lon·cel·lo
Pronunciation: /ˌvīələnˈCHelō, ˌvē-

noun (plural violoncellos)

Formal term for cello.
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  • The compositions on his six CDs feature sitar, flute, clarinet, soprano sax, violin viola, violoncello, contrabass, percussion and electronic devices as well as solo guitar.
  • It was with great joy that I learned you had composed a work for my instrument, the violoncello.
  • There is also a separate copy of the solo harpsichord part in a second hand, as well as parts in a third hand with an arrangement of the harpsichord part for solo violin and violoncello.


early 18th century: Italian, diminutive of violone (see violone).



Pronunciation: /-ˈCHelist/
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  • Though an old man at the time, he was an accomplished violoncellist, and a patient teacher.
  • The competition is open to violoncellists of every nationality.
  • In 1866 Grünfeld was appointed court violoncellist to King William of Prussia..

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