clarinet

[ klar-uh-net ]
/ ˌklær əˈnɛt /
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noun

a woodwind instrument in the form of a cylindrical tube with a single reed attached to its mouthpiece.

Origin of clarinet

1790–1800; < French clarinette, equivalent to Old French clarin clarion + -ette -ette
Related formsclar·i·net·ist, clar·i·net·tist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clarinet

clarinet

/ (ˌklærɪˈnɛt) /

noun music

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 Formsclarinettist or clarinetist, noun

Word Origin for clarinet

C18: from French clarinette, probably from Italian clarinetto, from clarino trumpet
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clarinet


n.
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Culture definitions for clarinet

clarinet


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.

Note

The most famous American clarinetist was Benny Goodman.
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