Definition of combo in English:



  • 1A small jazz, rock, or pop band.

    • ‘By the war's end, demand for small combos rendered Goodman's big bands obsolete.’
    • ‘She has performed with the Greensboro Philharmonia, saxophone quartets and small jazz combos.’
    • ‘There's no doubt that keeping an old-style surf-twang instrumental rock combo fresh is hard work.’
    • ‘The Brazilian samba band, like a symphony orchestra or a jazz combo, unites distinctive voices into an exciting whole.’
    • ‘Members of the popular local jazz combo will be moving far away from their jazzy roots this weekend, however, and will hopefully be creating a whole new buzz with a set of original jazz based vibes.’
    • ‘The ensemble isn't your usual combo for a rock band.’
    • ‘As an organizational psychologist, he has studied the inner workings of everything from firefighting crews to jazz combos.’
    • ‘It's true there seems to be more pre-punk throwback groups and romantically connected combos gigging nowadays than there were CBGB crowd members in '76.’
    • ‘In World War I some of the army regimental bands had formed jazz combos to entertain their buddies.’
    • ‘The classically trained violinist started her career playing in jazz combos.’
    • ‘Ironically, the room is so small that one can hardly envision any kind of live band in it, even a small jazz combo like the one that Jones used.’
    • ‘Live music at Saturday's event was provided by a 19-piece dance band, two jazz combos and two original 1960s groups.’
    • ‘Because, for all of their rock leanings, they are a jazz combo in the best way possible - each player brings a potent set of chops to his respective instrument.’
    • ‘There's also a remote chance these lads have heard of an obscure combo called The Rolling Stones.’
    • ‘The Georgia section, host of the meeting, also celebrated its 100th anniversary with a lively banquet and a jazz combo.’
    • ‘American-, Brazilian-, and Cuban-influenced jazz combos enjoy a small but dedicated following.’
    • ‘Obviously when people come into the church and they see a double-bass and a drummer and piano player, it has that look of being a jazz combo right from the start.’
    • ‘Turning his back on the empty symphonic effects that have become clichés, he is breaking new musical ground, using a big steel band as an expansion of his jazz combos.’
    • ‘After college, he started playing in jazz and funk combos around the Manchester student pubs of Withington and Fallowfield for a few quid and some beer.’
    • ‘Wearing another hat many people around Cumbria will have seen him perform solo or as part of his jazz combo.’
    group, musical group, pop group, ensemble, orchestra
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  • 2North American A combination, typically of different foods.

    ‘a surf 'n' turf combo’
    • ‘It is because of this tannin that the classic combo of steak and young Bordeaux is such a winner.’
    • ‘The salad, pizza and wine combo would always be there for me.’
    • ‘By far my favorite topping is a combo of basil pesto, sun-dried tomato, and onion.’
    • ‘But there are some new combos about these days; perhaps their more traditional combinations will be easier to sell.’
    • ‘It can be had a la carte or as part of a combo plate combining the several foods that most of the individual vendors offer.’
    • ‘You get a soup or salad with the combo, and I particularly enjoyed the savoury carrot soup, though with a smoothie on the side it was a bit too much liquid for my lunch and I couldn't finish either.’
    • ‘Hitting different buttons will execute different attack combinations, and devastating combos can be initiated by saving battle points, either by guarding or delaying your actions for a turn.’
    • ‘For meat eaters that don't like to cook, you can get good deals on pizza or combos that include meat for no extra cost.’
    • ‘Finally, there is the crazy combo platter, a clear combination of premise and personality.’
    • ‘Each character has over one hundred different attacks and combos.’
    • ‘Fighting moves and combos work via a combination of keyboard movements and action keys set to either the number pad or the mouse buttons.’
    • ‘I ordered a combo of chicken kiev, pelmeni soup, and a small round hard roll.’
    • ‘Prepackaged combos that contain luncheon meats along with crackers, cheese, and condiments must also be kept refrigerated.’
    • ‘Be it fusion food or combos, they are game for it all.’
    • ‘These include sushi and sashimi combos, as well as half a dozen teriyaki and tempura dishes.’
    • ‘There are plenty of tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas in various combos featuring either chicken, beef or shrimp to be had - some served with rice and/or beans.’
    • ‘From the release of their debut album their winning combo of Tex Mex, blues, rock 'n' roll, country and Mexican folk had critics raving.’
    • ‘Today, for example, I had the lunch soup/sandwich combo with a half a chicken pesto and a small cup of the tomato basil soup.’
    • ‘Try the green papaya salad with sliced beef, the satay soup with shrimp, the salad rolls and the combo menu.’
    • ‘On the fat-burning side of the equation, the foods and combos of foods you eat before and after you hit a cardio session can maximize your ability to cut up and retain hard-earned muscle mass.’
  • 3A guitar amplifier with an integral speaker rather than a separate one.


1920s (originally US): abbreviation of combination + -o.