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clarion

[klar-ee-uh n] /ˈklær i ən/
adjective
1.
clear and shrill:
the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
noun
2.
an ancient trumpet with a curved shape.
3.
the sound of this instrument.
4.
any similar sound.
Origin of clarion
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin clāriōn- (stem of clāriō) trumpet, equivalent to clār- clear + -iōn- -ion
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  • Once more the clarion call of Romance rang in my ears, and I leapt to its summons.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Arms and the clarion for the battle, but the song of thanksgiving to the victory!

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • They were, after their four years of unremitting work on The clarion, in need of a vacation.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • It appeared in the "clarion" years after Joel was a success in wool.

  • Perceiving the crescent emancipation of the "clarion," Mrs. Willard, after due consultation with her husband, appealed to Hal.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for clarion

clarion

/ˈklærɪən/
noun
1.
a four-foot reed stop of trumpet quality on an organ
2.
an obsolete, high-pitched, small-bore trumpet
3.
the sound of such an instrument or any similar sound
adjective
4.
(prenominal) clear and ringing; inspiring: a clarion call to action
verb
5.
to proclaim loudly
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet, from Latin clārus clear
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Word Origin and History for clarion
n.

"small, high-pitched type of trumpet," early 14c., from Old French clarion "(high-pitched) trumpet, bugle" and directly from Medieval Latin clarionem (nominative clario) "a trumpet," from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Clarion call is attested from 1838.

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clarion in Technology
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A family of systems from SoftVelocity, Inc. for building database applications on Microsoft Windows. Clarion products include Clarion 4GL language with a C++ and Modula-2 compiler. Clarion products support fast, efficient database application development. Clarion was originally developed by Clarion Software Corporation, later to become TopSpeed Corporation. In 2000, the Clarion product line was acquired by SoftVelocity Inc.
(2003-10-15)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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