wind instrument


: a musical instrument (such as a trumpet, clarinet, or organ) sounded by wind
especially : one sounded by the player's breath

Examples of wind instrument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using electronic keyboards, synths, and merging them with the wind instruments common in corridos, Nuñez plans to make timeless music. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 Lewis was drolly skeptical about wind instruments having a breakthrough. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The band is always looking for new wind instrument and percussion players. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 Classes begin early June. CCM (UC, 2600 Clifton Ave., CUF) offers week-long and multi-week residencies in ballet, musical theatre, string instruments, wind instruments and jazz. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2024 André took an interest in wind instruments at least 20 years ago. Jem Aswad, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 Digital wind instruments are also featured on New Blue Sun, devices that Mister 3000 discovered shortly before the start of recording and spent all sessions tinkering with. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 7 Dec. 2023 For his solo debut, André 3000 has crafted eight meditative, purely instrumental songs across 87 minutes, with only two tracks lasting under 10 minutes, all of it centered on his mastering of many different flutes and digital wind instruments. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Few would have guessed his return would be an instrumental LP dominated by flutes and digital wind instruments, though photos of his travels—flute in tow—may have offered a clue. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 17 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wind instrument was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Wind instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

wind instrument

: a musical instrument (as a flute or horn) sounded by the vibration of a stream of air and especially by the player's breath

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