Meaning of bombardon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɒmbɑːd(ə)n/


  • A bass tuba.

    ‘Every instrument, from the cornets on top to the bombardons or basses on the bottom, used the same valve fingerings.’
    • ‘Seven others were invoking the spirits of the ancient Roman cult of Jupiter with an assortment of instruments including bombardons, Celtic flutes and de rigueur Mellotrons’
    • ‘In fact, he did not even use one brass band: there are no cornets, saxhorns and bombardons in the score, but there is extra orchestral brass.’


Mid 19th century from Italian bombardone, from bombardo ‘cannon’. Compare with bombarde.