- a musical wind instrument consisting of a conical, usually brass tube with keys or valves and a mouthpiece with one reed.
Origin of saxophone
Examples from the Web for saxophone
Paul Winter played the saxophone and Melissa Leo, the actress, read texts written by Petit himself.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
“Bill Clinton gets on Arsenio and plays the saxophone, and everyone says he is reaching out,” the civil rights leader said.
If Obama were to get on Arsenio and play the saxophone, he would be dismissed.
The flirtation with Weld is seemingly over, and Bill plays Hillary both “Happy Birthday” and “Hail to the Chief” on the saxophone.Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More
May 13, 2013
Plus, “The Edge of Glory” also incorporates a saxophone solo from Clarence Clemons, who died in June after suffering a stroke.Hottest Summer Songs: Anthems for 2011
July 1, 2011
He mends the plumbing, tunes the piano, types—off stage—and plays the saxophone.The Ghost Breaker
The sob of the saxophone, still doing jazz, came through the window.Maw's Vacation
I mentioned the jazzin'-valve—whut some folks calls the saxophone.
Now, in the world at large the saxophone has its friends and its foes.
It was a fiddle he played while Rome burned—it might have been a saxophone.
- a keyed wind instrument of mellow tone colour, used mainly in jazz and dance music. It is made in various sizes, has a conical bore, and a single reedOften shortened to: sax
Word Origin and History for saxophone
1851, from French saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840, + Greek -phonos "voiced, sounding." His father, Charles Joseph (1791-1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845). The surname is a spelling variant of Sachs, Sacks, literally "Saxon." Related: Saxophonist.