- 1 Music A brass instrument resembling a trumpet but shorter and wider, played chiefly in bands.More example sentences
- Over the years, McPhee has become adept on alto and soprano saxes, value trombone, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, cornet, and various clarinets.
- The cornet became the leading instrument of British and American brass bands.
- Around five years ago Mr Winterflood, who teaches eight instruments ranging from the cornet to the tuba, decided that he wanted to do something to help needy children.
- 2British A cone-shaped wafer, especially one filled with ice cream.More example sentences
- There are practical problems: for example, some ice cream cornets may be inappropriately rejected if their chocolate-containing tips overlap in the packaging.
- My daily treat was a giant cornet of delicious vanilla ice cream.
- Stop me and have a look - there are no cornets or ice lollies, but there is plenty of local history on offer in Yorkshire's most unusual museum.
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- Among the fantastic line-up of musicians are cornettist Jon-Erik Kellso, clarinettist Dan Levinson, trombonist Dan Barrett and pianists Mark Shane and Dick Hyman whose solo spin on ‘Clementine’ is one of many highlights.
- His later instrumental music explores new formal patterns as well as exploiting the virtuosity of cornettists and violinists.
- The Chicago Underground is made up of core duo cornettist Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor which augments with guest players to become Trios, Quartets, even an Orchestra.
late Middle English (originally denoting a wind instrument made of a horn): from Old French, diminutive of a variant of Latin cornu 'horn'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
nounchiefly • historical
mid 16th century: from French cornette, diminutive of corne (originally a collective term), based on Latin cornua 'horns'. The word originally denoted a kind of woman's headdress, or a strip of lace hanging down from a headdress against the cheeks; later it referred to the pennon of a cavalry troop, hence the officer who carried the colours.