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

Examples of saxophone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though Sonny Rollins, at the age of ninety, is no longer playing the saxophone, his legacy is still growing. The New Yorker, "A Three-LP Set of Sonny Rollins, Liberated from the Studio," 13 Nov. 2020 Apart from the town’s skyline, the citadel, and the rocks behind, this town along the Meuse River is the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic, "What's the safest way to move about now?," 28 July 2020 Other band members include Tom Vienna on guitar, Chris Wander and John Albright on keyboards, Roye Robley on drums, Bob Frankich on saxophone; and Jessica Schmidt, Madison Andrews and Maddy Haskell on vocals. Annie Alleman,, "Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes of Pompeii returns to Hobart stage," 28 Oct. 2020 As the sun began to set, about a mile to the south a saxophone player took a long porchfront solo, the notes shimmering above the rumble of a passing train. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "For Musicians, It’s a New Gig Economy," 28 Oct. 2020 Hearing Max Weinberg's propulsive drums, Jake Clemons' soaring saxophone and that celebrative, heroic Wall of Sound will thrill longtime believers. Star Tribune, "New music review: Springsteen sends a vibrant 'Letter' about mortality," 22 Oct. 2020 Jayson is a sophomore at Grand Army and an avid jazz saxophone player. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast and Characters of "Grand Army"," 16 Oct. 2020 Onaiwu, who was furloughed in April, then brought back in early June, won the grand prize of $1,000 with his saxophone and rap performance. Washington Post, "Editor’s Note: A contest to keep furloughed workers engaged judged a smashing success," 13 Oct. 2020 In the case of jazz saxophone master Charles McPherson, however, the pandemic led him and his wife and manager, Lynn Sundfor McPherson, to launch their own record label, Chazz Mack Music. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Charles McPherson bonus Q&A: ‘The whole game has changed,’ says the jazz great of his new record label," 11 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Saxophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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