Meaning of trombone in English:


Pronunciation /trɒmˈbəʊn/

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  • 1A large brass wind instrument with straight tubing in three sections, ending in a bell over the player's left shoulder, different fundamental notes being made using a forward-pointing extendable slide.

    ‘The works required four trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, and several percussion instruments including bells & whistles!’
    • ‘It's always performed by big bands, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones, sometimes with flutes, and always with Cuban percussion - the congas, bongos and timbales.’
    • ‘The expanded orchestra, with added bass trumpet, contra bass trombone, special Wagner tubas and five harps which give this work its distinctive timbre, at turns scintillating and louring, played with admirable finesse.’
    • ‘The band currently has vacancies for young cornet, trombone and tuba players between the ages of eight - 20.’
    • ‘A full ensemble goes full tilt, starting with a small string section, accordion and then swooping trombones and a squealing clarinet, as the pace of the piece doubles and then doubles again before ending in a wild frenzy.’
    • ‘Many pifferi ensembles consisted of five players, comprising three cornettos and two trombones.’
    • ‘While they were eating, a small jazz band in the corner, made up of only a trumpet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, flute, and drums, provided music.’
    • ‘He felt an affinity for the subtlety of the slide trombone and related to its connecting influence and to its relatively low profile as a lead instrument.’
    • ‘They are also accomplished musicians too, playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harmonica and acoustic guitar.’
    • ‘Take two trumpets, a French horn, a trombone and a tuba and you have a lot of brass!’
    • ‘The orchestra comprises a 26-piece fusion of trumpets, trombones and saxophones plus a large string section and, of course singers.’
    • ‘By the age of 4, he was able to play the balalaika, accordion, and guitar, and by 8, the oboe as well as the trombone and other brass instruments.’
    • ‘Children also get to learn the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, violin, and drums, among other things.’
    • ‘My mother played some piano and my father was able to play violin, some piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and trombone.’
    • ‘After a quiet intro where the interweaving trombone and sax establish the melancholy theme, the full band of drums, piano, congas, bass clarinet, trombone, and tenor sax aggressively joins in.’
    • ‘With 320 students in snappy blue and white uniforms playing shiny trumpets, trombones and tubas as they march in briskly changing formations, the band's numbers are full of razzmatazz.’
    • ‘With an organ providing a solid backing for the song, trombones and melodicas weave interlacing melodies.’
    • ‘Cello, saxophone, contra-bass, viola, trombone and piano converse in a tone at once astringent and oddly assuasive.’
    • ‘Various songs also make use of mouthbow, harmonica, sousaphone and trombone.’
    • ‘Soon afterwards, he joined the local brass band, learning first the trombone, then the trumpet and cornet.’
    1. 1.1An organ stop with the quality of a trombone.


Early 18th century from French or Italian, from Italian tromba ‘trumpet’.