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cornet

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noun cor·net \ kȯr-ˈnet , British usually ˈkȯr-nit \

Definition of cornet

1 :a valved brass instrument resembling a trumpet in design and range but having a shorter partly conical tube and less brilliant tone
2 :something shaped like a cone: such as
a :a piece of paper twisted for use as a container
b :a cone-shaped pastry shell that is often filled with whipped cream
c British :an ice-cream cone

cornetist

or cornettist play \kȯr-ˈne-tist, ˈkȯr-ni-\ noun

Did You Know?

Like the trumpet, the cornet is a brass instrument with three valves, but its bore is somewhat more conical. Its range parallels that of the trumpet. It evolved in the 1820s, and its agility made it a very popular solo instrument. It often displaced the trumpet in 19th-century orchestras, and it preceded the trumpet in modern dance and jazz bands. Recent developments have made the two instruments very similar, and the cornet's popularity has waned considerably as a result.

Origin and Etymology of cornet

Middle English, from Middle French, from diminutive of corn horn, from Latin cornu


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cornet

noun

Definition of cornet

1 :the standard of a cavalry troop
2 a :the onetime fifth grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop who carried the standard
b :the onetime lowest commissioned rank in the U.S. cavalry

Origin and Etymology of cornet

Middle French cornette woman's headdress with a lappet, pennon, standard, from diminutive of corn


CORNET Defined for Kids

cornet

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noun cor·net \ kȯr-ˈnet \

Definition of cornet for Students

:a brass musical instrument similar to but shorter than a trumpet


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