Definition of clarion in English:



  • 1A shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet.

    • ‘They talk, shout, create ‘the warlike sound / Of trumpets loud and clarions… Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds ’.’
    1. 1.1An organ stop with a quality resembling that of a clarion.


  • Loud and clear.

    ‘clarion trumpeters’
    • ‘In the solo arias in the first and third acts, Pavarotti rang out the high notes with that clarion sonority that is unmistakably his.’
    • ‘The clarion trumpet playing was particularly outstanding.’
    • ‘His clarion tone and beautiful phrasing were a model of superb instrumental control and mastery.’
    • ‘Then, too, the ideal voice for this heroic part needs the sort of declamatory clarion brilliance that the Italians call 'squillo'.’
    • ‘His alto sound is not, thankfully for the balance, of the clarion variety and he, of all the soloists, looked and sounded most involved in the work.’
    pure, clear, smooth, fluent, distinct, clarion
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  • clarion call

    • A strongly expressed demand or request for action.

      ‘he issued a clarion call to young people to join the party’
      • ‘It should be emphasised that this clarion call comes after many months when the European Central Bank has been preparing the ground for an increase in interest rates.’
      • ‘Public opposition to a conflict remains strong and a clarion call has gone out from anti-war organisations across the world to stage protests from the first day of war.’
      • ‘He reiterated his clarion call for freeing American politics from the stranglehold of ‘special interest’ money.’
      • ‘This is the clarion call for a universal and publicly-funded system of social provision and essential services, of which post-secondary education is one.’
      • ‘Instead, leading business and farming figures converged on Harrogate today with a clarion call to beat the crisis and face the future together.’
      • ‘Forty years ago, Fanon was issuing a clarion call against imperialism.’
      • ‘The conference, unthinkable a year ago, produced a clarion call for democratic change - one that was all but ignored by Western media.’
      • ‘So far, his clarion call hasn't entirely fallen on deaf ears.’
      • ‘They spoke on behalf of millions of child labourers in India and gave a clarion call to all countries for eliminating poverty and ensuring education to all irrespective of age and gender.’
      • ‘Kennedy issued his clarion call to mobilize Americans against these threatening prospects.’


Middle English: from medieval Latin clario(n-), from Latin clarus clear.