noun clar·i·net \ˌkler-ə-ˈnet, ˌkla-rə-; ˈkler-ə-nət, ˈkla-rə-\

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube and that is played by blowing into the top of the tube through a special mouthpiece

Full Definition of CLARINET

:  a single-reed woodwind instrument having a cylindrical tube with a moderately flared bell and a usual range from D below middle C upward for 312 octaves
clar·i·net·ist or clar·i·net·tist \ˌkler-ə-ˈne-tist, ˌkla-rə-\ noun

Illustration of CLARINET

Origin of CLARINET

French clarinette, probably ultimately from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario
First Known Use: 1733
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noun clar·i·net \ˌkler-ə-ˈnet\

Definition of CLARINET for Kids

:  a woodwind instrument with a single reed, a straight body formed like a tube, and keys


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