saxophone
noun Etymology: French, from Antoine Sax died 1894 Belgian instrument maker + French -phone Date: 1851 one of a group of single-reed woodwind instruments ranging from soprano to bass and characterized by a conical metal tube and finger keys • saxophonic adjectivesaxophonist noun

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  • Saxophone — An alto saxophone in E♭ Classification Wind Woodwind Aerophone Hornbostel–Sachs classification …   Wikipedia

  • saxophone — [ saksɔfɔn ] n. m. • 1843; de Sax, nom de l inventeur, et phone ♦ Instrument à vent en cuivre, à anche simple et à clés, muni d un bec semblable à celui de la clarinette. ⇒ sax, saxo. Saxophone ténor, saxophone alto. ● saxophone nom masculin (de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • saxophone — 1851, from Fr. saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph Adolphe Sax (1814 1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840 + Gk. phonos voiced, sounding. His father, Charles Joseph (1791 1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Saxophone — Sax o*phone, n. [A.A.J. Sax, the inventor (see {Saxhorn}) + Gr. ? tone.] (Mus.) A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saxophōne — Saxophōne, der Name verschiedener von dem Instrumentenmacher Adolphe Sax (geb. 1814 in Dinant in Belgien) erfundener Blech Blasinstrumente, welche mit dem Clarinettenschnabel angeblasen werden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • saxophone — ► NOUN ▪ a member of a family of metal wind instruments with a reed like a clarinet, used especially in jazz and dance music. DERIVATIVES saxophonic adjective saxophonist noun. ORIGIN named after the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814 94) …   English terms dictionary

  • saxophone — [sak′sə fōn΄] n. [Fr, after A. J. Sax (see SAXHORN) + PHONE] any of a group of keyed woodwind instruments having a single reed, conical bore, and metal body, usually curved saxophonic [sak′səfän′ik] adj. saxophonist [sak′səfōn΄ist] n …   English World dictionary

  • Saxophone — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Saxophone (homonymie). Saxophone un saxophone alto moderne …   Wikipédia en Français

  • saxophone — saxophonic /sak seuh fon ik/, adj. saxophonist, n. /sak seuh fohn /, n. a musical wind instrument consisting of a conical, usually brass tube with keys or valves and a mouthpiece with one reed. [1850 55; Sax (see SAXHORN) + O + PHONE] * * *… …   Universalium

  • Saxophone —    Antoine Joseph Sax (1814 1894), better known as Adolphe, was bom in Dinant, Belgium. His father was a distinguished instrument maker and cabinetmaker. Of the eleven children in the family, Adolphe showed the greatest aptitude while training in …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • saxophone — [19] The saxophone commemorates the name of its inventor, the Belgian musical instrument maker Adolphe Sax (1814–94) (his real Christian names were Antoine Joseph). He seems to have devised it around 1840, and the term saxophone first appeared in …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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