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

  • n. The mouth of a river.
  • n. Music The mouthpiece of a woodwind or brass instrument.
  • n. Music The manner in which the lips and tongue are applied to such a mouthpiece.

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  • n. The shape of the mouth and lips when playing a wind instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mouth of a river; also, the mouth of a cannon.
  • n.
  • n. The mouthpiece of a wind instrument.
  • n. The shaping of the lips to the mouthpiece.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mouth of a river, etc.; the point of discharge of a flowing stream.
  • n. A mouthpiece.
  • n. In vocalization: The position of the vocal organs in forming a tone.
  • n. The particular character of the tone itself, especially at its beginning. Occasionally the term is further defined as palatal, dental, etc., according to the apparent position of the center of resonance.

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  • n. the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly


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

French, from emboucher, to put or go into the mouth, from Old French : en-, in; see en-1 + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek).

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From French embouchure, from emboucher.


  • On the York River, near its embouchure, is the little port of Yorktown, famous for the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to the American forces in 1781.

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  • It may be described as the embouchure of the Wady Dumayghah, which falls into its head, and which, doubtless, in olden times, when the land was wooded, used to roll

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  • Don't you think "embouchure" is too big of a vocabulary word for the Anoop fans.

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  • I know what "embouchure" is dodo, you're not correcting anything.


  • I'm not playing the sax, because the embouchure the mouth position used to blow into the instrument is totally different and I don't want to mess with it.

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  • The duduk is a simple instrument; but deceptively so, in that it requires an embouchure and diaphragm of steel plus circular breathing to elicit its haunting, cool sound.

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  • To the west were the red-coats of the Royal Marines, and from the Union Club to the embouchure of Whitehall swept the glittering, massive curve of the 1st Life Guards -- gigantic men mounted on gigantic chargers, steel-breastplated, steel-helmeted, steel-caparisoned, a great war-sword of steel ready to the hand of the powers that be.


  • This volume candidly explores the intersection of messy life events (drug use, marital strife, embouchure woes, and a public, segregation-prompted lambasting of President Eisenhower), personal paradoxes (a moody, profane, passive disposition at odds with the signature smile and deeply charismatic persona), and great art.

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  • He's read how the standard vuvuzela note is a B flat, and he's almost sure his horn produces something higher, although he's able to make about five different tones based on his airflow and embouchure.

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  • How do you say to them with a straight face that embouchure still matters, that the shape of this country may well depend upon the shape of their mouths?

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  • If we used a saw to cut them all in half, we could have 8 categories.

    February 16, 2013

  • Woodwind instruments divide into four categories: those with a single reed (clarinets, saxophones), those with a double reed (oboes and bassoons), recorders and transverse flutes. Control of the double reed is highly demanding of the player's embouchure, and draws upon the contribution of the lips, teeth and jaw. Problems with the jaw are not unusual with oboe players.

    February 15, 2013

  • This word is likely used rarely in the population at large, but among brass and woodwind instrumentalists, it is common, and essential. Perfecting one's embouchure is a lifelong pursuit for anyone who plays an instrument that connects with or enters the mouth. The embouchure is part of the source of the resulting music.

    June 10, 2009

  • "When people make promises it's always with only a percentage of themselves; he had heard it many times, weddings, confirmations, sworn blood brotherhoods. There is never more than ten per cent of the total persona behind the golden promises, because that is as much of ourselves as we control; it was true of himself as well.

    But not this moment. This moment there was suddenly more. He could hear his body vibrate, like a wind instrument when the embouchure all at once succeeds and a great deal of the energy becomes the tone."

    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 18, 2008

  • The placement of the lips, lower facial muscles, and jaws in playing a wind instrument, or the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly.

    August 9, 2007