embouchure

noun
em·​bou·​chure | \ ˈäm-bü-ˌshu̇r How to pronounce embouchure (audio) , ˌäm-bü-ˈshu̇r \

Definition of embouchure

1 : the position and use of the lips, tongue, and teeth in playing a wind instrument
2 : the mouthpiece of a musical instrument

Examples of embouchure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, Armstrong’s all-encompassing embouchure also included his forehead and eyelids. Nr Editors, National Review, 6 Feb. 2020 Varying its pitch relies on the player’s embouchure – the employment of lips, facial muscles, tongue and teeth. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'embouchure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of embouchure

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embouchure

French, from (s')emboucher to flow into, from en- + bouche mouth — more at debouch

Learn More About embouchure

Time Traveler for embouchure

Time Traveler

The first known use of embouchure was in 1760

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near embouchure

embouchement

embouchure

embound

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for embouchure

Cite this Entry

“Embouchure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embouchure. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!