Definitions

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  • n. The largest kind of bass viol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The largest kind of bass viol. See violone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as contrabass.

Etymologies

Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His booming contrabasso voice makes middle-aged ladies squeal in delight and his pithy, homily-laden retorts are greeted with roars of approval.

    Lebed's On The March Again

  • He is represented, as is well known, seated in the group of musicians in the centre, and playing the contrabasso.

    Giorgione

  • It is not so cheerful, perhaps, as its predecessor in the same key; the heavy basses twanging in tenths like a contrabasso are intentionally monotone in effect.

    Old Fogy His Musical Opinions and Grotesques

  • Finally, an old hound which appeared to be gifted with a peculiarly robust temperament kept supplying the part of contrabasso, so that his growls resembled the rumbling of a bass singer when a chorus is in full cry, and the tenors are rising on tiptoe in their efforts to compass a particularly high note, and the whole body of choristers are wagging their heads before approaching a climax, and this contrabasso alone is tucking his bearded chin into his collar, and sinking almost to a squatting posture on the floor, in order to produce a note which shall cause the windows to shiver and their panes to crack.

    Dead Souls

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