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hautboy

[hoh-boi, oh-boi] /ˈhoʊ bɔɪ, ˈoʊ bɔɪ/
noun
1.
oboe1 (def 1).
Origin of hautboy
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French hautbois, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + bois wood (see bush1)
Related forms
hautboyist, noun
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  • Nearly allied to these are the clarionet, the hautboy, and bassoon.

  • The young Lord hautboy, her eldest son, was now just of age.

    Marion Fay

    Anthony Trollope
  • The hautboy people were her own relations,—not her husband's.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • Poor hautboy almost cried as he gave this account of his own misfortune.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • hautboy was very eager to let everybody know the truth at the Pandemonium.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • "He's going to get well after all," said hautboy that evening, just before dinner.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • It was this fact which had seemed so promising to young Lord hautboy.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • The Seraph, with the clarion roll of his gay laughter, flung a hautboy at him.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Her voice is a contralto, but not deep, and with upper notes like a hautboy's.

  • The church bell was silent now, but the hautboy did not cease.

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British Dictionary definitions for hautboy

hautboy

/ˈəʊbɔɪ/
noun
1.
Also called hautbois strawberry, haubois (ˈəʊbɔɪ). a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with large fruit
2.
an archaic word for oboe
Word Origin
C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush1
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Word Origin and History for hautboy
n.

1570s, from French hautbois "high wood" (15c.; see oboe). The "high" is haut in its secondary sense of "high-pitched." Frequently nativized as hoboy.

This Pageaunt waz clozd vp with a delectable harmony of Hautboiz, Shalmz, Coronets, and such oother looud muzik. [Robert Laneham, 1575]

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