Definition of saxophone in English:



  • A member of a family of metal wind instruments with a reed like that of a clarinet, used especially in jazz and dance music.

    • ‘Guitars, flutes, trombones, saxophones and clarinets all combine to play back up to her vocals.’
    • ‘Ginger was also a proud member of the band, though she played alto saxophone and she enjoyed jazz and Christian rock.’
    • ‘Scott is also an accomplished musician, playing the saxophone and winning two gold medals in violin.’
    • ‘It features a steady high-hat and snare rattles like a slow motion whirlpool; there are also beautiful electric piano accents and a smoky saxophone.’
    • ‘The instrumentation of the military band is similar to that of the symphony orchestra, minus the strings, but with the addition of cornets and saxophones, and a multiplicity of flutes and clarinets of various sizes.’
    • ‘You also mentioned once that you were thinking of recording a solo album entirely based around your saxophone and flutes.’
    • ‘The music is awkward and unbalanced, a melange of cello, saxophone, piano and intermittent percussion.’
    • ‘A jazz musician is walking down the street and sees another musician playing the saxophone on a street corner.’
    • ‘It sounds like a saxophone, or maybe a harmonica, or even bagpipes.’
    • ‘The saxophone was not a popular instrument in jazz - it was a secondary instrument.’
    • ‘It's always performed by big bands, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones, sometimes with flutes, and always with Cuban percussion - the congas, bongos and timbales.’
    • ‘I didn't see the point in getting another degree, so I stayed in Boston playing saxophone in Jazz groups and making paintings in my studio.’
    • ‘The band excels at combining stripped-down electric beats and synths with more organic elements, such as piano, acoustic guitar, and saxophone.’
    • ‘He began his career playing the saxophone in a jazz orchestra.’
    • ‘Mandolins, vibraphones, live and processed drums, saxophones, and flutes all coalesce together into a simple, transparent atmosphere.’
    • ‘A man of many talents, Roger was an accomplished jazz musician, playing soprano saxophone and clarinet with his Blue Notes band.’
    • ‘Later, his high school bandleader was awestruck by his ability to improvise on the saxophone.’
    • ‘The music picked up the tempo and overhead a saxophone played sweet jazz.’
    • ‘But jazz quartets can be varied with a trumpet or a saxophone or even a flute or clarinet.’
    • ‘His post-bop records in recent years show his versatility in playing tenor, soprano, baritone and alto saxophones, and his concert will surely be among the more stimulating at the festival.’


From the name of Adolphe Sax (see saxhorn) + -phone.