An example of a sax is the instrument played by former U.S. President Clinton.
Origin of sax
- From Middle English sax, sex, from Old English seax (“a knife, hip-knife, an instrument for cutting, a short sword, dirk, dagger"), from Proto-Germanic *sahsÄ… (“rock, knife"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÃk-, *sek-, *sÄ“yk- (“to cut"). Cognate with North Frisian sax (“knife, sword"), Middle Dutch sas (“knife"), Middle Low German sax (“knife"), Middle High German sahs (“a knife"), Danish and Swedish sax (“a pair of scissors"), Icelandic sax (“a short heavy sword"), Latin secÅ (“cut"). See also Saxon, saw.
- From saxophone.