Definition of cor anglais in English:

cor anglais

Pronunciation: /kɔːr ˈɒŋɡleɪ//kɔːr ˈɑːŋɡleɪ/


  • 1An alto woodwind instrument of the oboe family, having a bulbous bell and sounding a fifth lower than the oboe.

    Also called English horn
    • ‘We also have access to other instruments, including cor anglais, bass clarinet, cello, organ and voice.’
    • ‘These charming songs exist in two different versions, the first for baritone and string quartet, and the second for tenor and woodwind quartet (oboe, cor anglais, clarinet and bassoon).’
    • ‘After the cor anglais, the oboe and the clarinet, the wind ensemble sings ‘Alleluia’ under a luminous haze of trills and harmonies in the strings.’
    • ‘Fowler is best known as a guitarist, yet has mastered oboe, cor anglais and mandocello.’
    • ‘Stella played all three parts overdubbing oboe, cor anglais and bass oboe.’
    1. 1.1An organ stop with the quality of a cor anglais.


Late 19th century: French, literally English horn.


cor anglais

/kɔːr ˈɒŋɡleɪ//kɔːr ˈɑːŋɡleɪ/