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saxophone Line breaks: saxo|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈsaksəfəʊn/

Definition of saxophone in English:


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A member of a family of metal wind instruments with a reed like that of a clarinet, used especially in jazz and dance music.
Example sentences
  • Guitars, flutes, trombones, saxophones and clarinets all combine to play back up to her vocals.
  • It's always performed by big bands, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones, sometimes with flutes, and always with Cuban percussion - the congas, bongos and timbales.
  • But jazz quartets can be varied with a trumpet or a saxophone or even a flute or clarinet.


From the name of Adolphe Sax (see saxhorn) + -phone.

  • phonetic from early 19th century:

    Phonetic is from modern Latin phoneticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein ‘speak’. Other words from the same source are gramophone (late 19th century), and its reversed form phonograph (mid 19th century) originally a phonetic symbol, which explains the use of the combining form—gram used for ‘something written’; and saxophone (mid 19th century) an instrument for making pleasant sounds invented by the Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1840.



Pronunciation: /saksəˈfɒnɪk/
Example sentences
  • Whether handling tenor, soprano or baritone, Carter seems to reference almost every point in saxophonic history simultaneously.
  • They did not glitter like the beautiful Chrysler building, a saxophonic symphony to the Jazz Age.


Pronunciation: /sakˈsɒf(ə)nɪst/ /ˈsaksəˌfəʊnɪst/
Example sentences
  • Though initially inspired by Charlie Parker, Bartz eventually proved himself to be one of the few alto saxophonists to successfully draw on John Coltrane's legacy.
  • There are four flautists, two percussionists, five trumpet players, a trombonist and a tuba player, two alto saxophonists, a soprano, a tenor, and a baritone sax, one bassoon, and twenty violins.
  • This neglect has been changing as contemporary saxophonists ask composers to create a new repertoire for their instrument.

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