clar·i·net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet , 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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clarinetist or clarinettist \ˌkler-ə-ˈne-tist, ˌkla-rə- \ noun

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The tracks build from piano and earnest percussion toward sometimes lavish instrumentation; the saxophonist Kamasi Washington did arrangements for French horn, tuba, flute and bass clarinet. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "‘I Never Thought I Would Talk About It.’ So Florence Welch Put It in a Song.," 14 June 2018 Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F. CNMAT Users Group Presents: Transient Canvas Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock, bass clarinet/marimba duo. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 9 Feb. 2018 Rob Patterson, clarinet; Hrabba Atladottir, and Matthew Oshida, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Evgeny Tonkha, cello. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 31 May 2018 At age 6, Bobbie started playing the violin, piano, guitar and clarinet. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy couple use musical revue to entertain, teach," 15 May 2018 Outside the program, Ms. Cowan is a violinist and pianist; Ms. Millar plays piano and clarinet, and has sung with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic," 22 June 2018 Its instrumentation - then regarded as unusual -- includes one flute, one clarinet, and two each of bassoons, trumpets, and trombones. Nola Community Submission,, "New wind blowing: Chamber music group to make debut in the Marigny," 18 May 2018 The sax master was weaned on the clarinet as a youth. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Boney James' voice comes from his sax," 11 July 2018 Principal Justin FitzGerald welcomed the large crowd, followed by a heartfelt National Anthem played by Alison Bent, Lester Carrillo, Nolan Smith, Aferata Teklemarkos and Alinah Walker – all on clarinet. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Fifth graders move on in elementary school celebration [West Laurel]," 28 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of clarinet

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

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