sax·​o·​phone | \ ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn How to pronounce saxophone (audio) \

Definition of saxophone

: one of a group of single-reed woodwind instruments usually ranging from soprano to bass and characterized by a conical metal tube and finger keys

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Other Words from saxophone

saxophonic \ ˌsak-​sə-​ˈfō-​nik How to pronounce saxophone (audio) , -​ˈfä-​ \ adjective
saxophonist \ ˈsak-​sə-​ˌfō-​nist How to pronounce saxophone (audio) , especially British  sak-​ˈsä-​fə-​ \ noun

Examples of saxophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the video, Bushell plays the guitar, bass, keyboards, the saxophone, the güiro, and, for a few seconds, the drums. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2021 Bennie Maupin played tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet, and is the last surviving musician from that group. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Charlie Parker affected the way every jazz instrumentalist plays, not just saxophone players. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 The couple and staff were transported back through the decades as the Kings’ music therapist played 1940s tunes on his saxophone and guitar during the celebration. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021 Never without a smile on his face and a song on his saxophone, Lloyd was a living reminder that life was not something to be endured but something to be enjoyed. Django Gold, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2021 The couple's music therapist played 1940s-era hits on his saxophone and guitar throughout the celebration, where Frankie and Royce took photos embracing and kissing in front of an archway decorated by St. Croix staff. Isabella Rosario, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 As was the case with Brown, Morrison ended up relying on Ellis for much more than his mere saxophone. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021 Years earlier, President Clinton brought his saxophone to the White House stage for a celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival. Hillel Italie, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of saxophone

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saxophone

French, from Antoine-Joseph (or Adolphe) Sax †1894 Belgian instrument maker + French -phone

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The first known use of saxophone was in 1851

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17 Nov 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of saxophone

: a musical instrument that has a curved metal tube and that is played by blowing into a mouthpiece and pressing keys with your fingers


sax·​o·​phone | \ ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn How to pronounce saxophone (audio) \

Kids Definition of saxophone

: a woodwind instrument usually in the form of a curved metal tube with keys used to change pitch and a mouthpiece with a single reed

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