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
clarinettistplay \ˌkler-ə-ˈne-tist, ˌkla-rə-\ noun
Recent Examples of clarinet from the Web
Zubel was joined by Marcia Kampler (flute), Alex Fiterstein (clarinet), Matthew Barker (trumpet) and Dilenschneider in a bravura performance conducted by Alsop.
Some from the Turkish Roma community join along the route with drums and clarinets, injecting music to the march.
There may not be the sublime poetry of the piano and clarinet concertos Mozart would write in his 30s, but the musical grace and wit in this violin concerto could only come from the pen of one composer.
For this record, Taborn had put together a quartet with the drummer Dave King, the bassist Chris Lightcap and Chris Speed, who plays tenor saxophone and clarinet.
In fact, Katz has arranged a traditional klezmer tune for the program, though each of the works features the clarinet prominently.
There's a three-part clarinet suite that the guy came up with, or the guitar leads.
The large crowd of well-wishers that attended a special open house and reception returned that love through hugs, tributes, singing and even a clarinet quartet performance.
And of course, for the record: Squidward actually plays the clarinet.)
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Origin and Etymology of clarinet
French clarinette, probably ultimately from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario
First Known Use: 1733See Words from the same year
CLARINET Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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