sackbut definition by Webster's New World
- a medieval wind instrument, forerunner of the trombone
Origin: incorrect transl. of Aram sabechaBible a stringed instrument resembling a lyre: Dan. 3:5
Origin: Middle French saquebute, sackbut, earlier, hooked lance for fighting on horseback ; from Old French saquer, to draw, pull ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form saccare, to pull (from a sack) ; from Classical Latin saccus, sack plush Old French bouter, to push, butt
sackbut definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French saquebute, from Old French saqueboute : Old North French saquier, to pull; see saccade + Old French bouter, to push (of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots).