cornet

[ kawr-net for 1; kawr-nit, kawr-net for 2–8 ]
/ kɔrˈnɛt for 1; ˈkɔr nɪt, kɔrˈnɛt for 2–8 /

noun

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Origin of cornet

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to corn horn (< Latin cornū; see cornu) + -et -et
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British Dictionary definitions for cornet

cornet

/ (ˈkɔːnɪt) /

noun

Word Origin for cornet

C14: from Old French, from corn, from Latin cornū horn
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Word Origin and History for cornet

cornet


n.

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]
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