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

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Familiar faces return, including Ellie and Brick (who now plays saxophone). Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Borderlands 3 reveal brings back familiar faces and "over one billion guns," including a gun that walks," 28 Mar. 2019 Every Tuesday night, designer Anne Hepfer’s family holds a jam session, complete with drums, guitar, piano, and saxophone—in their living room. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Chic House Is Designed to Be a Playground—For Kids and Adults," 11 Mar. 2019 Her phone’s speakers soon overflow with Boney James’ saxophone. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Whether playing the saxophone with Clarence Clemons, swaying to the music with Michael Jackson, or cracking jokes with Jimmy Buffett, Clinton never seemed to want to leave. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Morrison, 72, has been performing since age 13, when the Belfast, Northern Ireland, native began playing guitar and saxophone with various groups. Jay Jones,, "Coming soon to Las Vegas: Stevie Wonder to play Park MGM and Van Morrison to play Caesars," 17 May 2018 Rymer taught band at Zion-Benton Township High School for nine years, inspiring many including Arden’s son, who now plays saxophone with the Marine Corps Band in Okinawa, Japan. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Jazz, classical music meld with ‘Nutcracker’ at Lake County Symphony Orchestra concert," 10 Apr. 2018 There’s the trumpet, the upright bass, the saxophone. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "What a weekend: Chicano Batman, Marian Hill, Kevin Hart, Hembree | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 This is one of many personal gestures Mr. Hutchings uses that don’t have a lot to do with the broader lexicon of the jazz saxophone. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "With Sons of Kemet, Shabaka Hutchings Brings London Jazz Into the Spotlight," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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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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