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cornet

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

Definition of cornet

  1. 1 :  a valved brass instrument resembling a trumpet in design and range but having a shorter partly conical tube and less brilliant tone

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a cone: 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

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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


First Known Use: 14th century


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cornet

noun cor·net

Definition of cornet

  1. 1 :  the standard of a cavalry troop

  2. 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 United States cavalry

Origin and Etymology of cornet

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


First Known Use: 1579


CORNET Defined for Kids

cornet

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noun cor·net \kȯr-ˈnet\

Definition of cornet for Students

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



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