Definition of bombardon in English:


Pronunciation /bämˈbärdən//ˈbämbərdən/


  • 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.’
    • ‘The bombardon is circular, passing over the performer's head, with the bell directed upwards.’
    • ‘In some parts of Europe, bass ophicleides and valved tubas were indiscriminately called bombardons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their design was adopted by other instrument makers who modified them slightly and began producing the bombardon in different sizes and shapes.’
    1. 1.1 An organ stop imitating this.
      • ‘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.