Definition of sackbut in English:


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  • An early form of trombone used in Renaissance music.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘We play for as much of the journey as we can, and we tend to use our shawm band, the traditional outdoor band with the shawm (an early oboe) and the sackbut, or the shagbolt as it was marvellously called sometimes in ‘early’ England!’
    • ‘In this case, the instruments were two cornets, recorder, sackbut and theorbo, with the cornets and the sackbut falling away during the repeats to give a ‘thinning’ effect.’
    • ‘The result is a programme of genuine old fashioned carols, songs and dances, performed on shawms, sackbut, recorders, flutes, curtals, lutes, guitars, harp, bagpipes and the hurdy-gurdy.’
    • ‘The instrumental ensemble consists of seven string instruments, three sackbuts, and two organs (as with the voices, solo and ripieno).’
    • ‘An accompaniment played by corneas and sackbuts would be unthinkable here, for they are the instruments of ceremony, and with its bitter text this is the antithesis of a ceremonial work.’
    • ‘We know that corneas and sackbuts were used in the Chapel on special occasions even in Elizabethan times.’



/ˈsakˌbət/ /ˈsækˌbət/


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