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Friday, December 09, 2016

Definitions for clarion

  1. clear and shrill: the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
  2. an ancient trumpet with a curved shape.
  3. the sound of this instrument.

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Citations for clarion
At the first clarion call of the old rooster behind the cabin, her eyes opened wide and a happy thrill tingled her from head to foot ... John Fox Jr., The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, 1908
This book is a clarion call to rouse such people from spineless acceptance of the status quo. I cannot stress strongly enough that every individual makes a difference. Jane Goodall, with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson, Harvest for Hope, 2005
Origin of clarion
The etymology of clarion is clear and simple. Spellings of the equivalent term in Old French include clarain, clarin, claron, clairon, clarine. The diminutive noun in French formed from clarine is clarinette, meaning “clarinet.” Clarion entered English in the late 1300s, clarinet in the late 1700s.