Theorbo meaning

thē-ôrbō
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A large lute with a long neck having two sets of pegs, one set above and somewhat to the side of the other to accommodate a set of bass strings, used in the 1600s and early 1700s.
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A large 17th-cent. lute with a double neck and two sets of strings.
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(music) A baroque, double-necked lute having an extra set of open bass strings.
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Origin of theorbo

  • French théorbe from Italian tiorba of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian tiorba, from Turkish torba.

    From Wiktionary