- a double-reed woodwind instrument having a range of nearly three octaves and a high, penetrating, melancholy tone
- an organ stop producing an oboelike sound
Origin of oboeItalian ; from French hautbois; see hautboy
- A slender woodwind instrument with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece, having a range of three octaves and a penetrating, poignant sound.
- A reed stop in an organ that produces a sound similar to that of the oboe.
Origin of oboeItalian, from French hautbois; see hautboy.
- A soprano and melody wind instrument in the modern orchestra and wind ensemble. It is a smaller instrument and generally made of grendilla wood. It is a member of the double reed family.
An earlier form in English is hautboy, but the spelling oboe was adopted into English ca. 1770 from the Italian oboÃ¨, a transliteration in that language's orthography of the 17th-century pronunciation of the French word hautbois, a compound word made of haut (“high, loud") and bois (“wood, woodwind").