I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French clairon, from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario, from Latin clarus Date: 14th century 1. a medieval trumpet with clear shrill tones 2. the sound of or as if of a clarion II. adjective Date: 1801 brilliantly clear <
her clarion top notes
; also loud and clear <
a clarion call to action

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