saxophonist

saxophone

[sak-suh-fohn]
noun
a musical wind instrument consisting of a conical, usually brass tube with keys or valves and a mouthpiece with one reed.

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

saxophonic [sak-suh-fon-ik] , adjective
saxophonist, noun
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saxophone (ˈsæksəˌfəʊn)
 
n
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)]
 
saxophonic
 
adj
 
saxophonist
 
n

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saxophone
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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