Definition of clarion in English:


Syllabification: clar·i·on
Pronunciation: /ˈklarēən


chiefly • historical
  • 1A shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet.
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    • They talk, shout, create ‘the warlike sound / Of trumpets loud and clarions… Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds ’.
  • 1.1An organ stop with a quality resembling that of a clarion.


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  • Loud and clear: clarion trumpeters
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    • In the solo arias in the first and third acts, Pavarotti rang out the high notes with that clarion sonority that is unmistakably his.
    • His clarion tone and beautiful phrasing were a model of superb instrumental control and mastery.
    • Then, too, the ideal voice for this heroic part needs the sort of declamatory clarion brilliance that the Italians call 'squillo'.


clarion call

A strongly expressed demand or request for action: he issued a clarion call to young people to join the party
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  • Forty years ago, Fanon was issuing a clarion call against imperialism.
  • Public opposition to a conflict remains strong and a clarion call has gone out from anti-war organisations across the world to stage protests from the first day of war.
  • Kennedy issued his clarion call to mobilize Americans against these threatening prospects.


Middle English: from medieval Latin clario(n-), from Latin clarus 'clear'.

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