Definition of euphonium in English:



  • A valved brass musical instrument resembling a small tuba of tenor pitch, played mainly in military and brass bands.

    • ‘And when a most plendiferous maths teacher and player of the bass guitar, tuba and euphonium arranged for me to learn the flute at secondary school, I thought to myself: Right.’
    • ‘Among the collection's highlights are the double slide contrabass trombone which inspired Wagner to write for the instrument in his Ring Cycle, a crystal glass flute and an early euphonium.’
    • ‘He has been bandmaster of the Morawa Brass Band since 1960, but began with the band in 1948 playing the euphonium.’
    • ‘Matthew, aged 14, attends Chetham's School of Music where he plays the euphonium, trombone and piano.’
    • ‘Company bosses also made the unusual donation of a euphonium to the school as part of the launch.’
    • ‘Played upon the euphonium (a perfect choice for the high baritone Hobbit, I think) it is simple, gay and carefree.’
    • ‘But burglars broke into the band's headquarters in Silkstone, near Barnsley, on Wednesday night and took equipment valued at about £25,000 including two euphoniums and a drum kit.’
    • ‘Heckelphone, ondes-martenot, tubax, contrabassoon, serpent, octobasse, flugelhorn, euphonium are examples of musical instruments whose sex appeal does not live up to their exotic sounding names.’
    • ‘Our four talented actor-musicians show their versatility by playing a dozen instruments including cello, violin, euphonium, guitar, trumpet and accordion.’
    • ‘Apart from patriotic music, all bands played both English and Indian music with two circular bass, two euphoniums, eight trumpets, two bass drums, four kettle drums and a cymbal.’
    • ‘Their music is every bit as evangelical and utopian as Tori's political beliefs, stumbling ever - forwards on waves of honking euphonium.’
    • ‘For Arabian Dance, one of the trombones was replaced by a euphonium, which makes for such a different sound, in company with the tuba, yet entirely graceful.’
    • ‘Joanne not only played the violin, viola, euphonium, piano and cello, but she and her brother, Mark, 19, who is studying engineering at Durham University, were the first brother and sister to be choristers at Ripon Cathedral.’
    • ‘So she took up the euphonium, a smaller horn that is a member of the tuba family.’
    • ‘A cornet player like her husband and fellow band member Ted, known as the singing postman, her son Mike is now in the band, playing euphonium.’
    • ‘For the past 31 years, Jean has played the euphonium in Amesbury Town Band, of which she is now one of the oldest members.’
    • ‘The euphonium differs from the B baritone saxhorn at the same pitch in being considerably wider in bore.’
    • ‘‘Berlin, in area, is the same size as London,’ he informed me in that emphatic, punctilious way that Germans have with English, as if there were a euphonium playing in their heads.’
    • ‘He is principal euphonium with the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band, plays with the European Tuba Quartet and is in demand as a soloist.’
    • ‘John also played the euphonium and the tuba with the Wiltshire Constabulary's band and the Wessex Wind Band.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek euphōnos having a pleasing sound + -ium.