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[ahm-boo-shoo r, ahm-boo-shoo r; French ahn-boo-shyr] /ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊər, ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊər; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür/
noun, plural embouchures
[ahm-boo-shoo rz, ahm-boo-shoo rz; French ahn-boo-shyr] /ˌɑm bʊˈʃʊərz, ˈɑm bʊˌʃʊərz; French ɑ̃ buˈʃür/ (Show IPA)
the mouth of a river.
the opening out of a valley into a plain.
  1. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument.
  2. the adjustment of a player's mouth to such a mouthpiece.
Origin of embouchure
1750-60; < French, equivalent to embouch(er) to put (an instrument) to one's mouth (em- em-1 + bouche mouth < Latin bucca puffed cheek) + -ure -ure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for embouchure
  • He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure.
  • His trumpet playing abruptly ended after a car accident that damaged his embouchure.
  • Musical expression is provided by changes in the air pressure and embouchure.
British Dictionary definitions for embouchure


the mouth of a river or valley
  1. the correct application of the lips and tongue in playing a wind instrument
  2. the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French emboucher to put to one's mouth, from bouche mouth, from Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for embouchure

1760, in musical sense, from French embouchure "river mouth, mouth of a wind instrument," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + bouche "mouth" (see bouche).

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