[ ahm-boo-shoo r, ahm-boo-shoo r; French ahn-boo-shyr ]
/ ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊər, ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊər; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür /

noun, plural em·bou·chures [ahm-boo-shoo rz; ahm-boo-shoo rz; French ahn-boo-shyr] /ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊərz; ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊərz; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür/.

the mouth of a river.
the opening out of a valley into a plain.
  1. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument.
  2. the adjustment of a player's mouth to such a mouthpiece.

Nearby words

  1. embosom,
  2. emboss,
  3. embossed,
  4. embossing,
  5. embothrium,
  6. embourgeoisement,
  7. embow,
  8. embowed,
  9. embowel,
  10. embower

Origin of embouchure

1750–60; < French, equivalent to embouch(er) to put (an instrument) to one's mouth (em- em-1 + bouche mouth < Latin bucca puffed cheek) + -ure -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for embouchure


/ (ˌɒmbʊˈʃʊə) /


the mouth of a river or valley
  1. the correct application of the lips and tongue in playing a wind instrument
  2. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument

Word Origin for embouchure

C18: from French, from Old French emboucher to put to one's mouth, from bouche mouth, from Latin bucca cheek

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Word Origin and History for embouchure



1760, in musical sense, from French embouchure "river mouth, mouth of a wind instrument," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + bouche "mouth" (see bouche).

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