a single-reed woodwind instrument with a long wooden or metal tube and a flaring bell, played by means of holes and keys
Origin of clarinetFrench clarinette, diminutive of clarine, little bell from Medieval Latin clario: see clarion
A woodwind instrument having a straight cylindrical tube with a flaring bell and a single-reed mouthpiece, played by means of finger holes and keys.
Origin of clarinetFrench 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