Origin of cornet
Examples from the Web for cornet
Historical Examples of cornet
The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
It is stated that the Oneida Indians have organized a cornet band.
The cornet hesitated for a little, and then told his uncle the name of his accomplice.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Then at the sharp order of the cornet, the little troop started for Bridgewater.Captain Blood
Saul Lapham, a friend of his, plays the cornet at the choir-rehearsals.
Word Origin for cornet
c.1400, "A wind instrument made of wood and provided with six finger holes" [Middle English Dictionary], from Old French cornet (14c.) "a small horn," diminutive of corn "a horn," from Latin cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)). Modern use is short for cornet-à-pistons "cornet with pistons."
The quality of the tone is penetrating and unsympathetic, by no means equal to that of the trumpet, for which it is commonly substituted. ["cornet" entry in "Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia," 1902]