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clarion

[klar-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. clear and shrill: the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
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noun
  1. an ancient trumpet with a curved shape.
  2. the sound of this instrument.
  3. any similar sound.
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Origin of clarion

1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin clāriōn- (stem of clāriō) trumpet, equivalent to clār- clear + -iōn- -ion
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clarion

noun
  1. a four-foot reed stop of trumpet quality on an organ
  2. an obsolete, high-pitched, small-bore trumpet
  3. the sound of such an instrument or any similar sound
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adjective
  1. (prenominal) clear and ringing; inspiringa clarion call to action
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verb
  1. to proclaim loudly
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet, from Latin clārus clear
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Word Origin and History for clarion

n.

"small, high-pitched type of trumpet," early 14c., from Old French clarion "(high-pitched) trumpet, bugle" and directly from Medieval Latin clarionem (nominative clario) "a trumpet," from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Clarion call is attested from 1838.

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