flü·​gel·​horn ˈflü-gəl-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce flügelhorn (audio) ˈflᵫ- How to pronounce flügelhorn (audio)
variants or fluegelhorn
: a valved brass instrument resembling a cornet but having a larger bore
flügelhornist noun

Examples of flügelhorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pacho Flores was the agile trumpeter, solid in tone throughout his range, brilliant on the cornet and mellow on the flugelhorn. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2023 The event is on the cusp of its 50th year and featured a variety of brass players –– and instruments –– including tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, baritones and a bass flugelhorn that were adorned with holiday lights, tinsel and bows. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Dec. 2022 Flores performed it on a modern corno da caccia, which looks like a tiny French horn but sounds like a mellow flugelhorn. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Jazz history is being made at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, with acts that evoke such legends as Herbie Hancock and The Boswell Sisters, as well as modern jazz stars wringing fresh sounds out of guitars, trumpets, trombones, saxes and flugelhorns. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 22 July 2019

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Word History


German, from Flügel wing, flank + Horn horn; from its use to signal the flanking drivers in a battue

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flügelhorn was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Flügelhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fl%C3%BCgelhorn. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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