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

  • n. A woodwind instrument with a single-reed mouthpiece and a usually curved conical metal tube, including soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sizes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A single-reed instrument musical instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and with a distinctive loop bringing the bell upwards

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument, properly of the clarinet class, but with a metal tube like a trumpet or horn, invented by Adolphe Sax about 1840.

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

  • n. a single-reed woodwind with a conical bore


After Sax, surname of 19th-century Belgian instrument-making family.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French saxophone, a combination of the surname of its inventor Adolphe Sax (1814–1894) + -o- + -phone ("phone"), from Ancient Greek φωνή (fōnḗ, "voice") (Wiktionary)



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