Definition of hautboy in English:

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hautboy

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)əʊbɔɪ/

noun

Archaic form of oboe.
Example sentences
  • His voice had been likened to an oboe, the Elizabethan hautboy.
  • Other timbres no longer carry their original significance: cornets for dignitaries not high enough in rank to merit trumpets, hautboys for banquets, consorts of flutes or recorders for rituals of death and transfiguration.
  • The hautbois or ‘highwood’ as the direct translation would have it, came to us through its stages of hautboy, dropping the ‘h’ and altering vowels to oboe.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French hautbois, from haut 'high' + bois 'wood'.

Words that rhyme with hautboy

doughboy, lowboy

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: haut|boy

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