Definition of dobro in English:



  • A type of acoustic guitar with steel resonating disks inside the body under the bridge.

    • ‘We had the autoharp and the dobro come in at the same time, and they are kind of rear-ish in the mix.’
    • ‘They were young, good-looking and although their music undoubtedly had a pop crossover appeal, they were patently ‘real’ country, with fiddles and banjos and dobros to the fore.’
    • ‘Just one listen to the sweet dobro and accordion peeking through the unabashedly tender song and you realize that he is still as much of a romantic as ever.’
    • ‘Fiddles, dobros, and crying steel guitars abound, doing a superb job of complementing Bentley's strong, deep voice and good lyrics.’
    • ‘Baxter is probably best known as the ace pedal steel, banjo, dobro, guitar, all-'round musical utility guy for many musicians.’


1950s: from Do(pěra) Bro(thers), the Czech-American inventors of the instrument.