\ 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 oboe (audio) \ noun

Examples of oboe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transporting solos came from the oboe of soon-to-retire John Snow, who cast a haunting spell on the ballet's Serenata and beguiled on the Gavotta. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 In a treat attributable to these unusual times, principal oboe Frank Rosenwein joins pianist Carolyn Gadiel Warner in a bright, refreshing performance of Ravel’s Sonatine, an early work originally conceived for solo piano. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 7 May 2021 To this taste, the highpoint was the 20-minute Collision Etudes for solo oboe, by Alyssa Morris. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2021 Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar. courant.com, 26 Mar. 2021 For the first time since the onset of COVID-19, concerts announced for April and May include flute, oboe, and clarinet as well as strings, piano, organ, and percussion. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2021 Young’s music, richly orchestrated for string quintet, piano and oboe, keenly highlights the mournful situation and its awkwardness. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Feb. 2021 But the Singers make that and the other two carols exhilarating, thanks in part to the muscular oboe of Merilee Klemp and Min Kim's gently invigorating harp. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 The oboe plays a jaunty melody while the strings toss off fast filigree. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 17 Nov. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Oboe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oboe. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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


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

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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