noun see hautbois

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Hautboy — Haut boy (h[=o] boi), n. [F. hautbois, lit., high wood; haut high + bois wood. So called on account of its high tone. See {Haughty}, {Bush}; and cf. {Oboe}.] 1. (Mus.) A wind instrument, sounded through a reed, and similar in shape to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hautboy — 1570s, from Fr. hautbois high wood (15c.; see OBOE (Cf. oboe)). The high is haut in its secondary sense of high pitched. Frequently nativized as hoboy. This Pageaunt waz clozd vp with a delectable harmony of Hautboiz, Shalmz, Coronets, and such… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hautboy — [hō′boi΄, ō′boi΄] n. [Fr hautbois < haut, high (see HAUGHTY) + bois, wood < Frank * busk, forest: see BUSH1] former name for OBOE …   English World dictionary

  • hautboy — hautboyist, n. /hoh boy, oh boy/, n. oboe. [1565 75; < MF hautbois, equiv. to haut high (see HAUGHTY) + bois wood (see BUSH1)] * * * …   Universalium

  • hautboy — noun a) The oboe. b) A reed stop on an organ giving a similar sound …   Wiktionary

  • hautboy — haut·boy || əʊbɔɪ , həʊ n. hautbois, oboe (Music); type of strawberry found in central Europe and Asia …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hautboy — [ (h)əʊbɔɪ] noun archaic form of oboe. Origin C16: from Fr. hautbois, from haut high + bois wood …   English new terms dictionary

  • hautboy — n. Oboe …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • hautboy — haut·boy …   English syllables

  • hautboy — haut•boy or haut•bois [[t]ˈhoʊ bɔɪ, ˈoʊ bɔɪ[/t]] n. pl. boys or bois [[t] bɔɪz[/t]] mad oboe • Etymology: 1565–75; < MF hautbois=haut high +bois wood …   From formal English to slang

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