Origin of clarinet
Examples from the Web for clarinet
He introduced the viola, clarinet, and bassoon into the orchestra of the Italian opera.Great Italian and French Composers|George T. Ferris
The flute is held like a clarinet, and the fingers are used to operate it.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines|Isabel Anderson
Emanuel Moon had one besetting sin, and only one—he just would play the clarinet.Old Judge Priest|Irvin S. Cobb
The clarinet breaks in with the sentimental tune in faster time while the brass all the while are playing as before.
Then the clarinet joins in a quiet madrigal of tender phrases.
British Dictionary definitions for clarinet
Word Origin for clarinet
Word Origin and History for clarinet
1768, from French clarinette (18c.), diminutive of clarine "little bell" (16c.), noun use of fem. of adjective clarin (which also was used as a noun, "trumpet, clarion"), from clair, cler (see clear (adj.)). Alternative form clarionet is attested from 1784.
The instrument, a modification of the medieval shawm, said to have been invented c.1700 by J.C. Denner of Nuremberg, Germany. A recognized orchestral instrument from c.1775. Ease of playing increased greatly with a design improvement from 1843 based on Boehm's flute.
After the hautboy came the clarinet. This instrument astonished every beholder, not so much, perhaps, on account of its sound, as its machinery. One that could manage the keys of a clarinet, forty five years ago, so as to play a tune, was one of the wonders of the age. Children of all ages would crowd around the performer, and wonder and admire when the keys were moved. [Nathaniel D. Gould, "Church Music in America," Boston, 1853]
German Clarinet, Swedish klarinett, Italian clarinetto, etc. all are from French. Related: Clarinettist.