Cello (noun)

A large stringed instrument of the viol family, held vertically on the floor between the player's knees and played with a bow.


Mid 18th century: from italian violoncello, from violone "large viol".


  1. She began to play the cello when she was five.
  2. He was a virtuoso cellist and played in many orchestras.
  3. The cello"s rich, deep sound added depth to the quartet"s music.
  4. The concerto featured a solo cello accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
  5. The cello is considered one of the most expressive instruments of the string family.
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