Definition of bombardon in English:



  • 1A type of valved bass tuba.

    • ‘A brass band usually consisted of cornets, flügelhorns, saxhorns, euphoniums and bombardons but none of these are in the Walton piece.’
    • ‘Their design was adopted by other instrument makers who modified them slightly and began producing the bombardon in different sizes and shapes.’
    • ‘In some parts of Europe, bass ophicleides and valved tubas were indiscriminately called bombardons.’
    • ‘Every instrument, from the cornets on top to the bombardons or basses on the bottom, used the same valve fingerings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Bagad is the Breton form of the Scottish pipe-band which includes the same base of biniou and drums, as well as a group of bombardons.’
    • ‘The bombardon is circular, passing over the performer's head, with the bell directed upwards.’
    • ‘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’
    1. 1.1 An organ stop imitating a bombardon.
      • ‘All lacking chromatic notes were added to basses and trombones to fit the fully chromatic 110-key scale, the bass pipes were doubled and 16’ bombardons were added to the brass 8’ trombones.’
      • ‘What on earth would it have been like if they had installed the 32' Bombardon that was prepared for it (presumably a downward extension of the 16' reed).’


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