any of a family of brass instruments close to the cornets and tubas.

Nearby words

  1. saxe blue,
  2. saxe-altenburg,
  3. saxe-coburg-gotha,
  4. saxe-meiningen,
  5. saxe-weimar-eisenach,
  6. saxicoline,
  7. saxicolous,
  8. saxifragaceous,
  9. saxifrage,
  10. saxifrage family

Origin of saxhorn

1835–45; named after A. Sax (1814–94), a Belgian who invented such instruments Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saxhorn



a valved brass instrument used chiefly in brass and military bands, having a tube of conical bore and a brilliant tone colour. It resembles the tuba and constitutes a family of instruments related to the flugelhorn and cornet

Word Origin for saxhorn

C19: named after Adolphe Sax (see saxophone), who invented it (1845)

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