English horn


: a double-reed woodwind instrument resembling the oboe in design but having a longer tube and a range a fifth lower than that of the oboe

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Word History


translation of Italian corno inglese

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of English horn was in 1775

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“English horn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20horn. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

English horn

: a woodwind instrument similar to the oboe but lower in pitch

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