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clarion

[klar-ee-uh n] /ˈklær i ən/
adjective
1.
clear and shrill:
the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
noun
2.
an ancient trumpet with a curved shape.
3.
the sound of this instrument.
4.
any similar sound.
Origin of clarion
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin clāriōn- (stem of clāriō) trumpet, equivalent to clār- clear + -iōn- -ion
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  • Once more the clarion call of Romance rang in my ears, and I leapt to its summons.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The grave question rang like a clarion call in Marjorie's soul.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • They were, after their four years of unremitting work on The clarion, in need of a vacation.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • The "clarion," for that was to be its name, was to have nothing "old fogy" about it.

  • Perceiving the crescent emancipation of the "clarion," Mrs. Willard, after due consultation with her husband, appealed to Hal.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for clarion

clarion

/ˈklærɪən/
noun
1.
a four-foot reed stop of trumpet quality on an organ
2.
an obsolete, high-pitched, small-bore trumpet
3.
the sound of such an instrument or any similar sound
adjective
4.
(prenominal) clear and ringing; inspiring: a clarion call to action
verb
5.
to proclaim loudly
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet, from Latin clārus clear
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Word Origin and History for clarion
n.

"small, high-pitched type of trumpet," early 14c., from Old French clarion "(high-pitched) trumpet, bugle" and directly from Medieval Latin clarionem (nominative clario) "a trumpet," from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Clarion call is attested from 1838.

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