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 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 Hanging off his belt, in a burlap case, is a clarimella, a type of Catalan folk clarinet. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 His father, Percy, was a mechanic and laborer who played clarinet in the local Elks Club band; his mother, Arlethia, sang in their church’s choir. Giovanni Russonello,, "Jimmy Heath, 93, jazz saxophonist and composer," 19 Jan. 2020 Special praise goes to solos by Gregory Raden and Andrew Sandwick (clarinets), Erin Hannigan (oboe) and Kevin Haseltine (horn). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Kirill Karabits led a stunning half of a Dallas Symphony concert. The other half, well...," 28 Feb. 2020 Sophia Lyssantri, who plays clarinet , was chosen for the Middle School Gifted and Talented Wind Ensemble. Tracy Trobridge,, "Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Christmas parade in Lisbon helps fight hunger," 11 Dec. 2019 Klezmer orchestra members will include Richard Shapiro on piano accordion, Mike Gold on clarinet, Benny Slapak on guitar, Alexander Mikhaylovsky on violin and Herman Barski on drums. Sergio Carmona,, "Hanukkah cantorial concert to be presented in Delray Beach," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Apr 2020

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“Clarinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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