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saxophone

[sak-suh-fohn] /ˈsæk səˌfoʊn/
noun
1.
a musical wind instrument consisting of a conical, usually brass tube with keys or valves and a mouthpiece with one reed.
Origin of saxophone
1850-1855
1850-55; Sax (see saxhorn) + -o- + -phone
Related forms
saxophonic
[sak-suh-fon-ik] /ˌsæk səˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
saxophonist, noun
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  • He mends the plumbing, tunes the piano, types—off stage—and plays the saxophone.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • The sob of the saxophone, still doing jazz, came through the window.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • It was tougher for me than learning to play a saxophone is for a boy of ten.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I mentioned the jazzin'-valve—whut some folks calls the saxophone.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • No one had ever heard or eaten a saxophone, but we looked it up, and when we found out what it was, we made a rush for him.

    Homeburg Memories George Helgesen Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for saxophone

saxophone

/ˈsæksəˌfəʊn/
noun
1.
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 Often shortened to sax
Derived Forms
saxophonic (ˌsæksəˈfɒnɪk) adjective
saxophonist (sækˈsɒfənɪst) noun
Word Origin
C19: named after Adolphe Sax (1814–94), Belgian musical-instrument maker, who invented it (1846)
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Word Origin and History for saxophone
n.

1851, from French saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840, + Greek -phonos "voiced, sounding." His father, Charles Joseph (1791-1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845). The surname is a spelling variant of Sachs, Sacks, literally "Saxon." Related: Saxophonist.

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saxophone in Culture

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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