A clarinet is a woodwind instrument. A clarinet has a simple, straight tube with intricate keys, a single-reed mouthpiece, and a flared, bell-shaped end.

When you play the clarinet, you blow through the mouthpiece and make notes with your fingers on the keys. Clarinets are distinctive because they are straight, with a black body and silver keys, and have a large pitch range. The word clarinet comes from the French clarinette, the diminutive form of clarine. "little bell," which comes from clair, "bright or clear."

Definitions of clarinet

n a single-reed instrument with a straight tube

bass clarinet
a large clarinet whose range is an octave below the B-flat clarinet
basset horn
a tenor clarinet; pitched in the key of F below the B-flat clarinet
B-flat clarinet, licorice stick
the ordinary clarinet with a middle range
Type of:
single-reed instrument, single-reed woodwind
a beating-reed instrument with a single reed (as a clarinet or saxophone)

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