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 Varying its pitch relies on the player’s embouchure – the employment of lips, facial muscles, tongue and teeth. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, "Families create, polish shofars to prepare for Rosh Hashanah," 3 Sep. 2019

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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

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“Embouchure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embouchure. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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