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embouchure Line breaks: em|bouch|ure
Pronunciation: /ˌɒmbʊˈʃʊə/

Definition of embouchure in English:


1 [mass noun] Music The way in which a player applies their mouth to the mouthpiece of a brass or wind instrument, especially as it affects the production of the sound.
Example sentences
  • Proper embouchure, breath control and good technique are essential components for learning a wind instrument, but unlikely to yield positive results in themselves, unless guided by the ear.
  • Personally, I only take note of clarinet players, what with their tighter embouchure and greater tongue control.
  • She took the clarinet in both of her hands and… almost instinctively wrapped her hands correctly around it and fixed her embouchure… all without having to be told.
1.1 [count noun] The mouthpiece of a flute or a similar instrument.
Example sentences
  • So I raised it higher, and this removed it from the embouchure.
2 archaic The mouth of a river or valley.


Mid 18th century: French, from s'emboucher 'discharge itself by the mouth', from emboucher 'put in or to the mouth', from em- 'into' + bouche 'mouth'.

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