clarinet 1768, from Fr. clarinette (18c.), dim. of clarine "little bell" (16c.), from fem. of adj. clarin, from clair, cler (see CLEAR (Cf. clear)). The instrument said to have been invented c.1700 by J.C. Denner of Nuremberg, Germany. Alternative form clarionet is attested from 1784.
After the hautboy came the clarinet. This instrument astonished every beholder, not so much, perhaps, on account of its sound, as its machinery. One that could manage the keys of a clarinet, forty five years ago, so as to play a tune, was one of the wonders of the age. Children of all ages would crowd around the performer, and wonder and admire when the keys were moved. [Nathaniel D. Gould, "Church Music in America," Boston, 1853]

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  • Clarinet — Clar i*net , n. [F. clarinette, dim. of clarine, from L. clarus. See {Clear}, and cf. {Clarion}.] (Mus.) A wind instrument, blown by a single reed, of richer and fuller tone than the oboe, which has a double reed. It is the leading instrument in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clarinet — ► NOUN ▪ a woodwind instrument with a single reed mouthpiece, a cylindrical tube, and holes stopped by keys. DERIVATIVES clarinettist (US clarinetist) noun. ORIGIN from French clarine, denoting a kind of bell …   English terms dictionary

  • clarinet — [klar΄ē ə net′klar΄ə net′] n. [Fr clarinette, dim. of clarine, little bell < ML clario: see CLARION] a single reed woodwind instrument with a long wooden or metal tube and a flaring bell, played by means of holes and keys: also Archaic… …   English World dictionary

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  • clarinet — clarinetist, clarinettist, n. /klar euh net /, n. a woodwind instrument in the form of a cylindrical tube with a single reed attached to its mouthpiece. [1790 1800; < F clarinette, equiv. to OF clarin CLARION + ette ETTE] * * * Single reed… …   Universalium

  • clarinet — UK [ˌklærəˈnet] / US [ˌklerɪˈnet] noun [countable] Word forms clarinet : singular clarinet plural clarinets a musical instrument consisting of a long black tube that you play by blowing into it as you press its keys. A clarinet is a woodwind… …   English dictionary

  • clarinet — clar|i|net [ ,klerı net ] noun count a musical instrument consisting of a long black tube that you play by blowing into it as you press its keys. A clarinet is a woodwind instrument. Someone who plays the clarinet is called a clarinetist …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clarinet — [[t]klæ̱rɪne̱t[/t]] clarinets N VAR: oft the N A clarinet is a musical instrument in the shape of a pipe. You play the clarinet by blowing into it and covering and uncovering the holes with your fingers …   English dictionary

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