clarion

noun
clar·​i·​on | \ ˈkler-ē-ən How to pronounce clarion (audio) , ˈkla-rē-\

Definition of clarion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a medieval trumpet with clear shrill tones
2 : the sound of or as if of a clarion

clarion

adjective

Definition of clarion (Entry 2 of 2)

: brilliantly clear her clarion top notes also : loud and clear a clarion call to action

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Temperatures this week that dipped into the 70s were a clarion call to hikers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s perfect time of year for Canyoneer Hikes," 14 Sep. 2019 Half the world has been clamoring for more Atwood, but specifically for more Handmaids—something to cut through as an icon or a parable, anything to shine a light on 2019 or act as a clarion call with Handmaids getting justice or, better, vengeance. Sophie Charara, Wired, "Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids," 11 Sep. 2019 Intimations of a deal avoiding further animosity reverberate as a clarion call to buy, sending share prices higher while easing worries about a potential global economic downturn. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Trump Can Battle China or Expand the Economy. He Can’t Do Both.," 26 Aug. 2019 That’s been the clarion call for Raiders’ player personnel operatives ever since George Blanda retired his truss. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Watch: Derek Carr’s toddler passes to Antonio Brown’s son for Raiders touchdown," 29 July 2019 That was definitely a clarion call for more diversity in the food world, particularly for judges of culinary shows. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Chef Todd Richards on empowering chefs to better understand soul food," 21 June 2019 The Suidlanders believe van Rensburg prophesied a war that would be both the beginning of a marauding massacre of whites in South Africa and the clarion signal of a World War III. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 The inevitability of all veterans of the 1939-1945 war being gone soon is acting as a clarion call. Raf Casert, Twin Cities, "Chasing demons: 75 years on, D-Day haunts, drives its vets," 3 June 2019 Covering 14,000 square feet on six stories, with the fifth floor reserved for private shopping, the boutique is Chanel’s largest in the U.S., a clarion call from the epicenter of American retail. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of clarion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clarion

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French clairon, from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario, from Latin clarus

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