clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio) , ˌkla-rə-; ˈkler-ə-nət, ˈkla-rə- \

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 3¹/₂ octaves

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Other Words from clarinet

clarinetist or clarinettist \ ˌkler-​ə-​ˈne-​tist How to pronounce clarinet (audio) , ˌkla-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of clarinet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bateman also plays clarinet and is a member of the Maine South Marching Band and sings in the school choir. Jennifer Johnson,, 7 Jan. 2022 It was given a stirring performance by Rose Lombardo on flute; Josh Rubin, clarinet; Kate Hatmaker, violin; Nathan Walhout, cello; Tina Chong, piano; and Fiona Digney, percussion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 Newest of the pieces was American composer Peter Askim’s Swallowing Fire (2020-21), for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Brown played the flute, her sister played the clarinet, one brother played the saxophone, and another brother played the trumpet. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The Emmy Award winner, 54, hit the field with his clarinet and the Oregon State University marching band Saturday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, joining the ensemble for the pregame show. Glenn Garner,, 19 Dec. 2021 The filmmaker is an avid jazz fan who has played clarinet in jazz bands for years. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2021 On a recent weekday, technician Gary Linderborn attached slivers of cork to the keys of a clarinet while repairman Jerry Davidson fine-tuned a Fender Telecaster guitar for the customer who had just purchased it. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 9 Nov. 2021 Double string quartet, harp, accordion, flute, bass clarinet and vibes. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of clarinet

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clarinet

French clarinette, probably ultimately from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario

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“Clarinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners 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


clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio) \

Kids Definition of clarinet

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

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