Origin of oboe
- Italian from French hautbois hautboy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").