noun (plural -bos) Etymology: modification of Italian tiorba, teorba Date: 1605 a stringed instrument of the 17th century resembling a large lute but having an extra set of long bass strings

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  • Theorbo — The*or bo, n. [F. th[ e]orbe, t[ e]orbe, formerly tuorbe, tiorbe, It. tiorba.] (Mus.) An instrument made like large lute, but having two necks, with two sets of pegs, the lower set holding the strings governed by frets, while to the upper set… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • theorbo — [thē ôr′bō] n. pl. theorbos [Fr théorbe < It tiorba < ?] a large 17th cent. lute with a double neck and two sets of strings …   English World dictionary

  • theorbo — theorbist, n. /thee awr boh/, n., pl. theorbos. an obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck. [1595 1605; < It teorba, var. of tiorba, special use of Venetian tiorba, var. of… …   Universalium

  • theorbo — Theorbe нем. [тэо/рбэ] théorbe фр. [тэо/рб] theorbo англ. [ти/обоу] теорба (басовый струнный инструм. из семейства лютен) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • theorbo — noun /θi.ˈɔɹ.bo/ A baroque lute having an extra set of open bass strings …   Wiktionary

  • theorbo — [θɪ ɔ:bəʊ] noun (plural theorbos) a large lute with the neck extended to carry several long bass strings, used in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Origin C17: from Ital. tiorba, of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • theorbo — the·or·bo …   English syllables

  • theorbo — /θiˈɔboʊ/ (say thee awboh) noun (plural theorbos) a medieval musical instrument of the lute class, having two necks, one above the other; archlute. {Italian tiorba} –theorbist, noun …  

  • theorbo —   n. 17th century double necked lute …   Dictionary of difficult words

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