clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio) , 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 How to pronounce clarinettist (audio) , ˌkla-​rə-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web QuaranTunes offers lessons in piano/music theory, drums, voice, violin, guitar, bass, ukulele, songwriting/composition, intro to music production, cello, viola, clarinet and flute. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A backlash against cities?," 27 Apr. 2020 Also taken were a bass guitar signed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; a black flying X guitar; gold saxophones and trumpet; a silver trumpet and clarinet, and others., "Signed guitars, other instruments, stolen from N.H. business - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 Some of the textures here seem not far removed from the Largo movement of Dessau’s much earlier, rarely heard Concertino — for violin, flute, clarinet and horn — which opens Ensemble Avantgarde’s album. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "A New Album Reflects a Composer’s Stubborn Versatility," 8 Apr. 2020 The second of four boys, Will's father, David, was an estate planner who loved Dixieland and played clarinet and soprano sax in the group the Riverboat Rascals. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin native Will MacGregor played bass for scores of rock greats, from Keith Richards to Chuck Berry," 23 Jan. 2020 Here the warmly expressed playing of double bassoons, oboes, clarinets and so forth captured the unerring synchronicity and mutual empathy of these musicians. Howard Reich,, "Montreal Symphony Orchestra review: Profound Bartok, brilliant Rachmaninoff in Greatest Hits night at Orchestra Hall," 16 Oct. 2019 Thomas, who, in addition to the piano and bagpipes, also plays the clarinet, is interested in musical composition. John D'anna, azcentral, "2 Tempe brothers serenaded the neighbors with bagpipes and drum. Now they're in demand," 28 Mar. 2020 One played a clarinet standing yards away from neighbors, another a violin from a balcony overlooking Lake Michigan. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicagoans under stay-at-home orders spread hope with a city-wide sing-along of Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On A Prayer'," 22 Mar. 2020 Jason played saxophone, clarinet and, in high school, bass guitar. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Wizbang Circus coming to town, bringing the mayhem to Cedar-Lee," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of clarinet was in 1733

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30 May 2020

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“Clarinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce clarinet (audio) \

Kids Definition of clarinet

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

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