Meaning of “cello” in the English Dictionary

"cello" in English

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cellonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃel.əʊ/ us /ˈtʃel.oʊ/ plural cellos formal violoncello

Examples from literature

  • Besides making violins, this eminent artist also made guitars, lutes, 'cellos and tenors. 
  • He ought to have led an orchestra or played a 'cello. 
  • His wife was a fine pianist, he himself a first-rate performer on the cello. 
  • She has also written pieces for violin, 'cello, voice, and piano. 
  • There were two violins, a concertina, and the 'cello. 

(Definition of “cello” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cellonoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtʃel·oʊ/ plural cellos

a large, wooden musical instrument with four strings which a player rests on the floor, holding it between the legs while sitting, and plays with a bow (= stick with hairs attached to it), or this type of instrument generally

cellist
noun [ C ] us /ˈtʃel·ɪst/

a cellist with the Chicago Symphony

(Definition of “cello” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)