[ hoh-boi, oh-boi ]
/ ˈhoʊ bɔɪ, ˈoʊ bɔɪ /


Nearby words

  1. haut,
  2. haut cuisine,
  3. haut monde,
  4. haut-rhin,
  5. hautbois,
  6. haute,
  7. haute couture,
  8. haute cuisine,
  9. haute école,
  10. haute-garonne

Origin of hautboy

1565–75; < Middle French hautbois, equivalent to haut high (see haughty) + bois wood (see bush1)

Related formshaut·boy·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hautboy


/ (ˈəʊbɔɪ) /


Also called: hautbois strawberry, haubois (ˈəʊbɔɪ) a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with large fruit
an archaic word for oboe

Word Origin for hautboy

C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush 1

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Word Origin and History for hautboy



1570s, from French hautbois "high wood" (15c.; see oboe). The "high" is haut in its secondary sense of "high-pitched." Frequently nativized as hoboy.

This Pageaunt waz clozd vp with a delectable harmony of Hautboiz, Shalmz, Coronets, and such oother looud muzik. [Robert Laneham, 1575]
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