[ klar-uh-net ]
/ ˌklær əˈnɛt /
a woodwind instrument in the form of a cylindrical tube with a single reed attached to its mouthpiece.
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Origin of clarinet
1790–1800; <French clarinette,
equivalent to Old French clarinclarion
OTHER WORDS FROM clarinetclar·i·net·ist, clar·i·net·tist, noun
Words nearby clarinet
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Example sentences from the Web for clarinet
Musician David Rothenberg plays his clarinet alongside insects on warm summer evenings.
I suddenly became aware of a harmonica and a clarinet playing a weird, harmonious message.
He reappeared while Siebel, with the voice of a clarinet, was beginning to tell the flowers what they were to say to Margherita.
The clarinet has a mouthpiece containing a reed similar to that made by cutting a tongue on a straw or quill.
The length of the vibrating air column in the clarinet is changed by opening holes in the sides of the tube.
At length contra-bass and the two bassoons gather themselves together for a new effort and the clarinet has time to take a rest.
a keyed woodwind instrument with a cylindrical bore and a single reed. It is a transposing instrument, most commonly pitched in A or B flatObsolete name: clarionet (ˌklærɪəˈnɛt)
an orchestral musician who plays the clarinet
Derived forms of clarinetclarinettist or clarinetist, noun
Word Origin for clarinet
C18: from French clarinette, probably from Italian clarinetto, from clarino trumpet
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A woodwind instrument, usually made of black wood or plastic, and played with a single reed. The clarinet has extensive use in Dixieland, jazz, and military music, as well as in classical music.
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The most famous American clarinetist was Benny Goodman
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