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embouchure Syllabification: em·bou·chure
Pronunciation: /ˌämbo͞oˈSHo͝or/

Definition of embouchure in English:

noun

1 Music The way in which a player applies the mouth to the mouthpiece of a brass or wind instrument.
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.
1.1The 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.

Origin

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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