from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See clarinet.

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

  • noun (Mus.) See clarinet.

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  • noun A clarinet.


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From clarion + -et.


  • The other is called Jaina, and is a rude kind of clarionet made from a reed.

    Chopin and Other Musical Essays

  • The _Jaina_ appears to be of more modern origin; it is a rude kind of clarionet, made from a reed.

    Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests

  • He delivered lectures upon geography and astronomy: those who could play instruments, such as clarionet, fife, and violin, were stationed on the deck, while the rest marched in ranks.

    The History of Tasmania , Volume II

  • And halting as he was on the point of setting out: — “By the way, you will give me his gun!” and he added: “I leave you the musician, but I want the clarionet.”

    Les Miserables

  • When they arrived there, they found the old man practising his clarionet in the dolefullest manner in a corner of the room.

    Little Dorrit

  • Doubtful which might be the clarionet – stop, he was considering the point, when a shuttlecock flew out of the parlour window, and alighted on his hat.

    Little Dorrit

  • Only a blind musician, on the scaffolding of the orchestra, went on playing a shrill tune on his clarionet.

    The Magic Skin

  • ‘What did you think of my brother, sir?’ he asked, when he by – and – by discovered what he was doing, left off, reached over to the chimney – piece, and took his clarionet case down.

    Little Dorrit

  • As the old gentleman inhabited the highest story of the palace, where he might have practised pistol – shooting without much chance of discovery by the other inmates, his younger niece had taken courage to propose the restoration to him of his clarionet, which Mr Dorrit had ordered to be confiscated, but which she had ventured to preserve.

    Little Dorrit

  • All this time the uncle was dolefully blowing his clarionet in the corner, sometimes taking it an inch or so from his mouth for a moment while he stopped to gaze at them, with a vague impression that somebody had said something.

    Little Dorrit


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  • Is this different from a clarinet? Larger/deeper tone perhaps?

    October 10, 2008

  • n. An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears. There are two instruments that are worse than a clarionet—two clarionets.

    —Ambrose Bierce

    October 10, 2008

  • Wow. Thanks for that, qroqqa!

    OED has its first definition as "clarinet," with "A sound like that of the instrument," and "A player on the clarionet." The 2nd definition is also "clarinet."

    And at clarinet, we have "1. A wooden single-red instrument..." (etc.) and "2. An organ-stop of a quality of tone like that of this instrument; = cremona."

    So I guess it's a clarinet.

    October 10, 2008

  • "We were interrupted by a Despatch Rider from 2 AGRA HQ. A short dwarf, heavily wrapped up with knee-high motor-cycling boots that came up to his neck, a crash helmet that came down to his knees, and a khaki scarf wrapped around the lower half of his face. Jenkins saw the word URGENT on the envelope, hastily dropped his clarionet, stood up to read the message. It would have read exactly the same sitting down but standing up gave him height. What it didn't give him was a view of his clarionet rolling slowly into the fire ... We let it burn a few moments and when it was too late said, 'Oh, sir! Quick, your clarionet is on fire.' (Rather like those French translations, i.e. The Clarionet of my cousin has been struck by lightning.)

    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 19, 2009