bassoon

[ ba-soon, buh- ]
/ bæˈsun, bə- /

noun

a large woodwind instrument of low range, with a doubled tube and a curved metal crook to which a double reed is attached.

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Origin of bassoon

1720–30; < French basson < Italian bassone (bass(o) low (see base2) + -one augmentative suffix)

OTHER WORDS FROM bassoon

bas·soon·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bassoon

bassoon
/ (bəˈsuːn) /

noun

a woodwind instrument, the tenor of the oboe family. Range: about three and a half octaves upwards from the B flat below the bass staff
an orchestral musician who plays the bassoon

Derived forms of bassoon

bassoonist, noun

Word Origin for bassoon

C18: from French basson, from Italian bassone, from basso deep; see base ²
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Cultural definitions for bassoon

bassoon

The second largest and second lowest pitched of the woodwinds. (The less common contrabassoon is larger and has a lower pitch.) It is played with a double reed.

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