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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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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Wojciechowski’s dusky tone on tenor saxophone soon evolved into sharper expression, the gathering ferocity of his playing matched by the heft of his ideas. Howard Reich,, "Review: Pianist Ryan Cohan brings an imposing intensity to Jazz Showcase," 12 July 2019 At one point, Kenny G and his saxophone video conferenced in, as did Josh Groban. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Everyone Wore Pink to the BCRF’s Annual Gala," 17 May 2019 An Oregon man who’s been learning to play the saxophone had his recent concert go viral after attracting an unusual audience. Fox News, "Oregon man captivates cows with saxophone serenade in viral video," 1 July 2019 Before she and The Boneshakers were a band, Abair was best known as an award-winning saxophone player and for playing with bands like Aerosmith and Duran Duran. Brianne Tracy,, "Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers Premiere Rocked Up Cover of Etta James' 'Seven Day Fool'," 26 June 2019 Barry began playing violin at 10, then the saxophone at the age of 14. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy couple use musical revue to entertain, teach," 15 May 2018 Eliott has been doing a great job of learning the saxophone as a second-year player. Charlene Paparizos,, "Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month: Community Voices," 3 May 2018 Alexander is what’s know as an autistic savant, with perfect pitch, a near-photographic memory for music and a surprising facility with the saxophone and piano. Pam Kragen,, "Poway teen with autism heading to Carnegie Hall," 26 Jan. 2018 Thomas Brill knew how to play the piano, organ, violin, flute and alto saxophone, his sister said. Michael Williams,, "Inmate at Seminole County jail dead in apparent suicide, authorities say," 3 June 2019

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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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