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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mandolins, vibraphones, live and processed drums, saxophones, and flutes all coalesce together into a simple, transparent atmosphere.’
    • ‘The band excels at combining stripped-down electric beats and synths with more organic elements, such as piano, acoustic guitar, and saxophone.’
    • ‘Later, his high school bandleader was awestruck by his ability to improvise on the saxophone.’
    • ‘The saxophone was not a popular instrument in jazz - it was a secondary instrument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Guitars, flutes, trombones, saxophones and clarinets all combine to play back up to her vocals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He began his career playing the saxophone in a jazz orchestra.’
    • ‘Ginger was also a proud member of the band, though she played alto saxophone and she enjoyed jazz and Christian rock.’
    • ‘A man of many talents, Roger was an accomplished jazz musician, playing soprano saxophone and clarinet with his Blue Notes band.’
    • ‘The music picked up the tempo and overhead a saxophone played sweet jazz.’
    • ‘You also mentioned once that you were thinking of recording a solo album entirely based around your saxophone and flutes.’
    • ‘A jazz musician is walking down the street and sees another musician playing the saxophone on a street corner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The music is awkward and unbalanced, a melange of cello, saxophone, piano and intermittent percussion.’
    • ‘But jazz quartets can be varied with a trumpet or a saxophone or even a flute or clarinet.’
    • ‘Scott is also an accomplished musician, playing the saxophone and winning two gold medals in violin.’
    • ‘It sounds like a saxophone, or maybe a harmonica, or even bagpipes.’


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