Definition of bombarde in English:



  • 1A shawm (wind instrument) of alto pitch, used in medieval bands and in Breton folk music.

    • ‘The biniou is usually heard in duet with a rustic shawm (the bombarde).’
    • ‘The most popular Breton folk instruments are the biniou (a small bagpipe) and the bombarde, which is similar to an oboe.’
  • 2A powerful bass reed organ stop.

    • ‘The Williams Organ has one manual keyboard each for the Bombarde, Swell, Great, and Choir organs and the manuals are referred to (from top to bottom) by those names.’
    • ‘It is quite possible when used at full strength, to play a solo on the bombarde against the full great and swell coupled together.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, denoting a shawm (see bombard).