sax

noun
\ ˈsaks How to pronounce sax (audio) \
plural saxes

Definition of sax

informal
: saxophone plays sax in a local jazz ensemble often used before another noun a sax playerThe transmission, as one editor put it, "is as smooth as a Paul Desmond sax solo."— John Phillips

Examples of sax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The east El Cajon sax player already is participating in Intercontinen7al’s second album, to be released this summer. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 Last year, the alto sax-playing Gendel released two sublimely understated jazz records for the storied New York label Nonesuch, home to artists including Brad Mehldau, Caroline Shaw, Kronos Quartet and Arvo Pärt. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2021 The day Noise closed, Daniel Brown put his sax in a case and did not open it for five months. Sarah Feldberg, Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2020 The new album is one of the few live chronicles of that Stooges era, with Iggy’s snarling vocals, Ron Asheton’s live-wire guitar, Scott Asheton’s meaty drums, that high-flying McKay sax. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 9 Aug. 2020 What many remember most from the 1992 campaign is Bill Clinton’s sax. Philip M. Napoli, Wired, 2 July 2020 Tyner was teamed with Philadelphia sax player Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer in 1960 when Coltrane, out on his own after playing with Miles Davis, came calling. Dan Deluca, SFChronicle.com, 8 Mar. 2020 Weighing against that hypothesis is the lone smooth-jazz troll (Jamie Dornan), also a bounty hunter, whose mellow sax playing induces lysergic visions and paralysis. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2020 Smooth-jazz sax man Najee will appear Aug. 5 in a show to be recorded live. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2020

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Sax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sax. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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