A woodwind instrument having a straight cylindrical tube with a flaring bell and a single reed mouthpiece, played bymeans of finger holes and keys.
[French clarinette, feminine diminutive of Old French clarin, clarion, clarion; see clarion, or of Provençal clarin, oboe (from Old Provençal clar, clear, from Latin clārus; see clear).]
clar′i·net′ist, clar′i·net′tist n.
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1. (Instruments) a keyed woodwind instrument with a cylindrical bore and a single reed. It is a transposing instrument,most commonly pitched in A or B flat. Obsolete name: clarionet
2. (Music, other) an orchestral musician who plays the clarinet
[C18: from French clarinette, probably from Italian clarinetto, from clarino trumpet]
ˌclariˈnettist, ˌclariˈnetist n
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a woodwind instrument in the form of a cylindrical tube with a single reed attached to its mouthpiece.
clar`i•net′ist, clar`i•net′tist, n.
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