clarinet

noun clar·i·net \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet , ˌkla-rə- ; ˈkler-ə-nət , ˈkla-rə- \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

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

clarinetist

or clarinettist play \ˌkler-ə-ˈne-tist, ˌkla-rə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of clarinet

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


CLARINET Defined for English Language Learners

clarinet

noun

Definition of clarinet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CLARINET Defined for Kids

clarinet

noun clar·i·net \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet \

Definition of clarinet for Students

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

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