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.
Other Word Forms of Oboe
Origin of Oboe
An earlier form in English is hautboy, but the spelling oboe was adopted into English ca. 1770 from the Italian oboè, 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").
Italian from French hautbois hautboy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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