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clarinet

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

Simple Definition of clarinet

  • : 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

  1. :  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 play \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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