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
Till’s motifs swept though the ensemble, as horns, clarinets, bassoons, violin all had a chance to personate the character.
He was born female in 2003 at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, and lived most of his life as Jane Marie, taking part in the American Heritage Girls scouting organization, youth lacrosse and playing the clarinet in the middle school band.
NOW, which is in its second year of residency at Art of Élan, has a combination of instruments unusual in chamber music: flute, clarinet, double bass, piano and electric guitar.
Squidward Tentacles, the SpongeBob Squarepants character Yachty referenced, plays clarinet, not flute, a fact multiple people tweeted at Yachty over the weekend.
Haruna Karasuda created the animation and composed the music for this dramatization of the cellphone and our increasing reliance on it, featuring clarinet, guitar, three voices, and (of course) cellphones.
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Origin and Etymology of clarinet
French clarinette, probably ultimately from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario
First Known Use: 1733
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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