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a musical instrument consisting of a straight or curved tube of wood or ivory having finger holes like a recorder and a cup-shaped mouthpiece like a trumpet
Word Origin
from Old French cornet a little horn, from corn horn, from Latin cornū
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  • But the cornett was doomed to destruction in the struggle for life.

  • One morning (July, 1890) cornett, in company of his little brother, started to the field to cut oats.

  • cornett sank dead upon the log, while his little brother ran for life and escaped.

  • The cornett was given a place in the chorales of Bach and the operas of Gluck after it had become extinct in England.

  • Various machines are used for this, such as Wurster's kneading engine, cornett's breaker, or some similar contrivance.

    The Manufacture of Paper Robert Walter Sindall
  • I will bring Duffield and Reid around from our office and ask young cornett to come with us.

  • In 1662 Evelyn speaks of the disappearance of the cornett “which gave life to the organ.”

  • Magistrate cornett, before whom she was led, although a young man, was quite bald.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards

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