bas·​soon | \ bə-ˈsün How to pronounce bassoon (audio) , ba- \

Definition of bassoon

: a double-reed woodwind instrument having a long U-shaped conical tube connected to the mouthpiece by a thin metal tube and a usual range two octaves lower than that of the oboe

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bassoonist \ bə-​ˈsü-​nist How to pronounce bassoon (audio) , ba-​ \ noun

Examples of bassoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poorer students usually can’t afford bassoon lessons, volunteer trips to Africa, college-essay coaches, or any of the other luxuries that help give an application a marginal boost. Preston Cooper, National Review, 21 May 2021 Written for harp, flute and bassoon, its mystical mood was enhanced by unusual demands for the instrumentalists. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar., 26 Mar. 2021 Her death from cancer made the bassoon all the dearer to him. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2021 The sender had bought a bassoon at a swap meet in San Bernardino. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Next month Parnther will perform the Vivaldi bassoon concerto as part of San Bernardino Symphony’s digital concert series. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021 In 2016, Martínez was watching her son Oskar play bassoon in a concert with his high school band when a man in the audience noticed her singing along and complimented her voice. Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2020 Rapid-fire single-note blasts from the trombone, answered by horn and bassoon, set strings dancing all around, with lots of minimalist pattern-work. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bassoon

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bassoon

French basson, from Italian bassone, from basso basso

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The first known use of bassoon was in 1715

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2 Jun 2021

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“Bassoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bassoon

: a large musical instrument that is shaped like a tube, makes low sounds, and is played by blowing into a small, thin tube in its side


bas·​soon | \ bə-ˈsün How to pronounce bassoon (audio) , ba- \

Kids Definition of bassoon

: a woodwind instrument with two bound reeds and with a usual range two octaves lower than an oboe

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