clar·​i·​net ˌkler-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio)
: 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 noun
or clarinettist

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Examples of clarinet in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clarinet was in 1733

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“Clarinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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clar·​i·​net ˌklar-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio)
: a woodwind musical instrument in the shape of a cylindrical tube having a single-reed mouthpiece
clarinetist noun
or clarinettist

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