oboe d'amore

noun

oboe d'a·​mo·​re
¦ō(ˌ)bōdəˈmōrē,
ˌōbəˌwād-
plural oboi d'amore
ˌōbəˌwēd-
or oboe d'amores
-rˌēz
1
: a mezzo-soprano oboe having a pear-shaped bell and a rich somber tone
2
or oboe d'amour
¦ō(ˌ)bōdəˈmu̇(ə)r
plural oboe d'amours
-rz
[modification (influenced by oboe) of French hautbois d'amour] : a pipe-organ oboe stop having a veiled and pathetic tone

Word History

Etymology

Italian, literally, oboe of love, probably translation of French hautbois d'amour

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“Oboe d'amore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oboe%20d%27amore. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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