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 clarus; see clear).
- clar′i·net′ist, clar′i·net′tist