Definition of cor anglais in English:

cor anglais

Pronunciation /kɔːr ˈɑːŋɡleɪ//kɔːr ˈɒŋɡleɪ/

nounPlural cors anglais

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

    Also called English horn
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    1. 1.1 An organ stop with the quality of a cor anglais.


Late 19th century: French, literally ‘English horn’.


cor anglais

/kɔːr ˈɑːŋɡleɪ//kɔːr ˈɒŋɡleɪ/