saxophone

noun

sax·​o·​phone ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn How to pronounce saxophone (audio)
: 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
saxophonic adjective
saxophonist
ˈsak-sə-ˌfō-nist How to pronounce saxophone (audio)
 especially British  sak-ˈsä-fə-
noun

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Examples of saxophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With fellow musicians Walter Smith on tenor saxophone, Keyon Harrold on trumpet, Vicente Archer on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Mike Moreno on guitar, Glasper is currently recording the album’s jazz half. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 8 July 2024 The alt-rock band—featuring Jake Barber (saxophone), Domenic Dunegan (vocals), Christian Laliberte (drummer), Isaiah Ross (guitar), and Logan Casper (bass)—opened up to SPIN at SXSW about artistic expression. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 12 June 2024 And then, at 11 p.m., a saxophone player led the group across Madison Avenue for an after-party in the bride’s family home. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 27 June 2024 One of the album’s finest moments comes late in the song, when what sounds like a frog belching through a saxophone enters out of nowhere, bolstering the song’s main rhythm and dispelling any cynicism in Gabriel’s lyrics. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for saxophone 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saxophone was in 1851

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“Saxophone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saxophone. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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saxophone

noun
sax·​o·​phone ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn How to pronounce saxophone (audio)
: a musical instrument of the woodwind class consisting of a usually curved metal tube with finger keys and a reed mouthpiece
saxophonist noun
Etymology

named for Antoine "Adolph" Sax 1814–1894 a Belgian maker of musical instruments

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