[ ahm-boo-shoor, ahm-boo-shoor; French ahn-boo-shyr ]

noun,plural em·bou·chures [ahm-boo-shoorz; ahm-boo-shoorz; French ahn-boo-shyr]. /ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊərz; ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊərz; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür/.
  1. the mouth of a river.

  2. the opening out of a valley into a plain.

  1. Music.

    • the mouthpiece of a wind instrument.

    • the adjustment of a player's mouth to such a mouthpiece.

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) /

  1. the mouth of a river or valley

  2. music

    • the correct application of the lips and tongue in playing a wind instrument

    • the mouthpiece of a wind instrument

Origin of 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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