a musical wind instrument consisting of a conical, usually brass tube with keys or valves and a mouthpiece with one reed.

1850–55; Sax (see saxhorn) + -o- + -phone

saxophonic [sak-suh-fon-ik] , adjective
saxophonist, noun Unabridged
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saxophone (ˈsæksəˌfəʊn)
Often shortened to: sax a keyed wind instrument of mellow tone colour, used mainly in jazz and dance music. It is made in various sizes, has a conical bore, and a single reed
[C19: named after Adolphe Sax (1814--94), Belgian musical-instrument maker, who invented it (1846)]

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Word Origin & History

1851, from Fr. saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840 + Gk. -phonos "voiced, sounding." Shortened form sax is from 1923. His father, Charles Joseph (1791-1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845).
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saxophone definition

A wind instrument classified as a woodwind because it is played with a reed, although it is usually made of metal. Saxophones appear mainly in jazz, dance, and military bands. They are made in several ranges, from soprano to bass.

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Example sentences
Includes parts for soprano saxophone and alto saxophone.
He also loves listening to music and playing his saxophone.
He enjoyed music, playing saxophone in the school band and serving as band major.
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