saxophone

noun sax·o·phone \ ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

saxophonic

play \ˌsak-sə-ˈfō-nik, -ˈfä-\ adjective

saxophonist

play \ˈsak-sə-ˌfō-nist, especially British sak-ˈsä-fə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of saxophone

French, from Antoine Sax †1894 Belgian instrument maker + French -phone


SAXOPHONE Defined for English Language Learners

saxophone

noun

Definition of saxophone for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that has a curved metal tube and that is played by blowing into a mouthpiece and pressing keys with your fingers


SAXOPHONE Defined for Kids

saxophone

noun sax·o·phone \ ˈsak-sə-ˌfōn \

Definition of saxophone for Students

: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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