\ ˈō-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce oboe (audio) \

Definition of oboe

: a double-reed woodwind instrument having a conical tube, a brilliant penetrating tone, and a usual range from B flat below middle C upward for over 2¹/₂ octaves

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Other Words from oboe

oboist \ ˈō-​(ˌ)bō-​ist How to pronounce oboist (audio) \ noun

Examples of oboe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oboe plays a jaunty melody while the strings toss off fast filigree. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "From Buenos Aires to Florence: Dallas Chamber Music Society concert covered a lot of ground," 17 Nov. 2020 When Glenn-Copeland went off to college in 1961 to study German lieder and oboe at McGill University in Montreal, the culture shock was great. Washington Post, "Don’t despair: Beverly Glenn-Copeland actually has hope to offer us in 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 To get his instrumental music degree, Ruben Miranda learned how to play the oboe. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "These Arizona teachers quit this year, adding to the shortage of instructors. Here's why," 28 Oct. 2020 To get his instrumental music degree, Ruben Miranda learned how to play the oboe. Lily Altavena, USA TODAY, "These Arizona teachers quit this year, adding to the shortage of instructors. Here's why," 28 Oct. 2020 At least from my seat, important oboe solos were barely audible, as were the signature flute chatters at the start of the Mendelssohn finale. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony opens its 2020-2021 season with reduced numbers, in a different venue," 19 Sep. 2020 Mozart’s Oboe Quartet opened the recital, led by the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal oboe, John Snow. Terry Blain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "With outdoor series, Minnesota Orchestra offers a quiet antidote to coronavirus," 5 Aug. 2020 Private lessons are offered in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, oboe, English horn, and other instruments. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Vero Voce owners continue arts teaching in St. Charles and online," 5 Aug. 2020 In one scene, an 18th-century Jesuit missionary portrayed by Jeremy Irons plays the oboe in a South American forest, to the wonderment of the indigenous tribesmen who gather to listen. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "Ennio Morricone wrote the perfect soundtrack for a time when we miss movies more than ever," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of oboe

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oboe

Italian, from French hautbois — more at hautbois

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The first known use of oboe was circa 1726

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24 Nov 2020

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“Oboe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oboe. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce oboe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of oboe

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube and that is played by blowing into a small, thin piece at the top of the tube


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Kids Definition of oboe

: a woodwind instrument with two reeds that is pitched higher than the bassoon and has a distinctive bright sound

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