Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Loud and clear.
  • noun A medieval trumpet with a shrill clear tone.
  • noun The sound of this instrument or a sound resembling it.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small high-pitched trumpet.
  • noun Hence, any sound resembling that of a clarion; any instrument which utters sounds like those of a clarion.
  • noun An organ-stop having pipes with reeds, which give a bright, piercing tone, usually an octave above the key struck.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing common in very early English heraldry, and occasionally used on the continent, supposed to represent a musical wind-instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of trumpet, whose note is clear and shrill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A medieval brass instrument, related to the trumpet, or its sound.
  • adjective Loud and clear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb blow the clarion
  • verb proclaim on, or as if on, a clarion
  • adjective loud and clear
  • noun a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English clarioun, a clarion, from Old French clarion, from Medieval Latin clāriō, clāriōn-, from Latin clārus, clear; see clear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin clario ("trumpet"), from Latin clarus ("clear")

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