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clarinet

Line breaks: clari|net
Pronunciation: /klarɪˈnɛt
 
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Definition of clarinet in English:

noun

1A woodwind instrument with a single-reed mouthpiece, a cylindrical tube with a flared end, and holes stopped by keys.
Example sentences
  • My mother played some piano and my father was able to play violin, some piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and trombone.
  • Because the bore is cylindrical, clarinets are much cheaper to make than oboes.
  • The instruments all stopped except a clarinet, which gave a loud squeak.
1.1An organ stop with a tone resembling that of a clarinet.
Example sentences
  • On the theatre organ, the Clarinet is the most common reed after the Vox Humana and Trumpet.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French clarinette, diminutive of clarine, denoting a kind of bell; related to clarion.

More
  • This musical term is from French clarinette, a diminutive of clarine denoting a kind of bell; it is related to Middle English clarion originally ‘a shrill narrow-tubed war trumpet’, from medieval Latin clario(n-), from Latin clarus ‘clear’. From the same source come claret, clarity, clarify, clear, and declare; all Middle English.

Derivatives

clarinettist

1
(US clarinetist) noun
Example sentences
  • British composers were especially lucky in their clarinetists, oboists, horn players, and violists.
  • He was a fine teacher, wonderful jazz clarinettist and painter, and above all rightly described by all who are familiar with his work as a prodigious composer.
  • One of the great jazz clarinetists and band leaders, he justifiably was crowned ‘the king of swing’.

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