Dictionary.com

shawm

[ shawm ]
/ ʃɔm /
Save This Word!

noun
an early musical woodwind instrument with a double reed: the forerunner of the modern oboe.
QUIZ
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of shawm

1300–50; Middle English schalme<Middle French chaume<Latin calamus stalk, reed <Greek kálamos reed; replacing Middle English schallemele<Middle French chalemel (see chalumeau)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use shawm in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shawm

shawm
/ (ʃɔːm) /

noun
music a medieval form of the oboe with a conical bore and flaring bell, blown through a double reed

Word Origin for shawm

C14 shalmye, from Old French chalemie, ultimately from Latin calamus a reed, from Greek kalamos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK