- a woodwind instrument having a slender conical, tubular body and a double-reed mouthpiece.
- (in an organ) a reed stop with a sound like that of an oboe.
- (a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter O.)
Origin of oboe1
- a navigation system utilizing two radar ground stations that measure the distance to an aircraft and then radio the information to the aircraft.
Origin of oboe2
Examples from the Web for oboe
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
Does he play something like our violin or clarinet or oboe, or what?George Loves Gistla
"I guess I'll take up the study of the oboe," grumbled Jennie Stone.Ruth Fielding At College
Alice B. Emerson
Mozart wrote an oboe concerto for the celebrated oboist Gius.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
If he wishes he may introduce a violin, oboe or clarinet solo.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
Pauline began dancing, her father accompanying her with an oboe.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane
- a woodwind instrument of the family that includes the bassoon and cor anglais, consisting of a conical tube fitted with a mouthpiece having a double reed. It has a penetrating nasal tone. Range: about two octaves plus a sixth upwards from B flat below middle C
- a person who plays this instrument in an orchestrasecond oboe
Word Origin and History for oboe
1724, from Italian oboe, from phonetic spelling of Middle French hautbois (itself borrowed in English 16c. as hautboy), from haut "high, loud, high-pitched" (see haught) + bois "wood" (see bush (n.)). So called because it had the highest register among woodwind instruments. Related: Oboist.