Origin of tromboneItalian from tromba, a trumpet from Old High German trumba: see trump
Origin of tromboneFrench from Italian augmentative of tromba trumpet of Germanic origin
- A musical instrument in the brass family, having a cylindrical bore, and usually a sliding tube (but sometimes piston valves, and rarely both). Most often refers to the tenor trombone, which is the most common type of trombone and has a fundamental tone of B♭ˌ (contra B♭).
- Jim plays the trombone very well.
- This trombone is very expensive.
- The common European bittern.