Oboe Definition

ōbō
oboes
noun
oboes
A double-reed woodwind instrument having a range of nearly three octaves and a high, penetrating, melancholy tone.
Webster's New World
An organ stop producing an oboelike sound.
Webster's New World

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.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
hautboishautboy

Other Word Forms of Oboe

Noun

Singular:
oboe
Plural:
oboes

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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian from French hautbois hautboy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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