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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On Tuesday, the Daniel Bennett Group, featuring Bennett, who plays the saxophone, flute and clarinet, as well as Nat Janoff on guitar and Koko Bermejo on drums, performed at the Buena Vista Branch Library. Mark Kellam,, "Every Burbank library is part of the Sounds of Summer concert series," 9 July 2019 Piper wasn’t happy when Rick Herrmann started playing the saxophone seven months ago., "Oregon man goes viral after he plays the saxophone for a herd of cows," 1 July 2019 With a few adorable and romantic words out of the way, the 26-year-old singer couldn’t resist adding a cheeky comment on a second photo of Hemsworth playing the saxophone on a promo poster. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Attended Husband Liam Hemsworth's "Isn't it Romantic" Movie Premiere Without Him," 12 Feb. 2019 From a toy saxophone to a fake mid-show breakup, Tenacious D brought lighthearted hilarity to Lollapalooza. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Lollapalooza Day 3 Highlights: J Balvin Makes History, Lil Wayne Debuts an 'Old Town Road' Remix & More," 4 Aug. 2019 The video also sees the Haim sisters strolling through city streets, shedding a seemingly endless series of shirts, and repeatedly encountering a guy with a big ol’ saxophone, who appears to play the song’s smooth sax riff. Tyler Aquilina,, "See Haim swing by Tarantino's New Beverly theater in 'Summer Girl' music video," 31 July 2019 But, more importantly, Wilber plays the saxophone with the deceptive ease and naturalness common to both men.’’ Mr. Wilber maintained an active schedule well into his 80s, releasing numerous albums. Matt Schudel,, "Bob Wilber, 91, musician who kept the sound of early jazz alive," 10 Aug. 2019 After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas. NBC News, "Toni Morrison defended, championed and chastised presidents," 6 Aug. 2019 The single's saxophone line was written by Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Haim Return With Sunny New Single 'Summer Girl': Watch the Video," 31 July 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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