Definition of cello in English:

cello

noun

  • A bass instrument of the violin family, held upright on the floor between the legs of the seated player.

    • ‘Music students ranging in ages from four to 18 took part in the protest and carried with them their instruments ranging from violins, cellos and clarinets to flutes and guitars.’
    • ‘When he died in 1992, Cage had not completed One, which apparently was scored for cello with three prerecorded cellos.’
    • ‘The melody slid smoothly along, minor chords predominating, building on a soft, tentative base of gentle violins and cellos.’
    • ‘In the 1812 Overture, Karajan has a famous Russian choir intone the Russian Orthodox hymn normally given to violas and cellos.’
    • ‘It consists of a bass line only, which is to be played on instruments such as the cello, viola de gamba, double-bass or bassoon.’
    • ‘Orchestral openings build over time into driving rock anthems; violins and cellos give way to guitars and basses.’
    • ‘For me, the violin and the cello sonatas share many of the glories of that cycle.’
    • ‘Two thirds of the children had some musical experience and those with orchestral skills played violins, clarinets, cellos, flutes and saxophones.’
    • ‘More than 250 years after his death, Antonio Stradivari's violins and cellos are the best in the world.’
    • ‘On this recording, there are nine violins, three violas, three cellos, a double bass, one flute, three oboes, one bassoon, three trumpets, a set of timpani, and a harpsichord.’
    • ‘We also have access to other instruments, including cor anglais, bass clarinet, cello, organ and voice.’
    • ‘It was the composers of the late 18th century who created the precursor of the modern orchestra based on a more standardized string group of two violin parts, violas, cellos, and double bass, still with a keyboard continuo.’
    • ‘Perversely, the massed violins, violas and cellos can sometimes sound uncannily like a lone synthesiser.’
    • ‘I once tried to write a string quartet that eliminated violins completely - two violas and two cellos - before my professor made me revise it for the standard combo in the name of greater color variation.’
    • ‘The Mayo Strings is an all-string orchestra - violins, violas, cellos and double bass - based in Castlebar, but including players from around the county.’
    • ‘The dedication required to master a stringed instrument such as the cello or violin is no small consideration.’
    • ‘Although his work makes good use of electronics, Ayres actually focuses his attention on his classical background and bases his compositions on processed sounds sourced from cellos, violins and pianos.’
    • ‘Benjamin Hudson, the solo violinist in the Haydn concerto that opened the evening, splendidly carried forward the tragic final interplay between violins and cellos.’
    • ‘Up to a dozen of these particular clamps would be used when gluing up the body of a cello or a bass viol.’
    • ‘Live cello and double bass were essential components of their performance.’
    violin, viola, cello, double bass
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Origin

Late 19th century: shortening of violoncello.

Pronunciation:

cello

/ˈCHelō/