chalumeau

noun
cha·lu·meau | \ ¦shalə¦mō \
plural chalumeaux\-ōz \

Definition of chalumeau 

1a : a medieval wind instrument consisting of an upright tube surmounted by a small tube in which was fixed a double reed : shawm

b : an obsolete single-reed wind instrument of varying size that after progressive modifications became the clarinet

3 : the lowest register of the clarinet often used as a direction to play a passage an octave lower

4 : a reed organ pipe usually of 8-foot pitch and of clarinetlike tone

called also schalmei

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for chalumeau

French, from Late Latin calamellus little reed

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chalumeau

Dictionary Entries near chalumeau

chaluka

Chalukya

Chalukyan

chalumeau

chalupa

chalutz

chalutziut

Statistics for chalumeau

Look-up Popularity

Comments on chalumeau

What made you want to look up chalumeau? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!