American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An oboe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wind-instrument of wood, sounded through a double reed: in recent use more commonly in the Italian form oboe.
- n. In botany, a kind of strawberry, Fragaria elatior, growing in Europe at moderate altitudes. The leaves are rugose and plicate, and the fruit has a musky flavor. In France the term hautbois is also applied to the elder, Sambucus nigra.
- n. In organ-building, same as oboe, 2.
- n. dated, music The oboe.
- n. music A reed stop on an organ giving a similar sound.
- n. A tall-growing strawberry, Fragaria elatior, having a musky flavour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A wind instrument, sounded through a reed, and similar in shape to the clarinet, but with a thinner tone. Now more commonly called
oboe. See Illust.of oboe.
- n. (Bot.) A sort of strawberry (Fragaria elatior).
- n. a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
- French hautbois, from Old French : haut, high; see haughty + bois, wood (of Germanic origin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In English it becomes hautboy, a wooden musical instrument of two-foot tone, I believe, played with a double reed, an oboe, in fact.”
“You remember in 'Henry IV' — 'The case of a treble hautboy”
“But — and mark you, the leap paralyzes one — crossing the Western Ocean, in New York City, hautboy, or ho-boy, becomes the name by which the night-scavenger is known.”
“Most organs have a similar group of standard stops -- trumpet, oboe (hautboy) and violin -- but many larger instruments have their own distinctive touches thrown into the mix.”
““No,” answered he, pointing to the room in which was erected the new gallery, and whence, as he spoke, issued the sound of a hautboy, “there is a flute playing there already.””
“If while you are sitting on your porch sipping Margaritas a trio of itinerant musicians serenades you with mandolin, lute, and hautboy, you have no obligation, in the absence of a contract, to pay them for their performance no matter how much you enjoyed it.”
“About midnight she was awakened by the music of a band composed of a clarinet, hautboy, flute, cornet a piston, trombone, bassoon, flageolet, and triangle.”
“Three nights later three violins, a flute, a guitar, and a hautboy began another serenade.”
“When their tread had died away from the ear, and the wind swept over the isolated grave with its customary siffle of indifference, Lot Swanhills turned and spoke to old Richard Toller, the hautboy player.”
“Gaunt he beat his own name; for you might have thrust him and all his apparel into an eel-skin; the case of a treble hautboy was a mansion for him, a court: and now has he land and beefs.”
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