Definition of embouchure in US English:



  • 1Music
    The way in which a player applies the mouth to the mouthpiece of a brass or wind instrument.

    • ‘The first harmonic is a humming sound in the midrange, and on top is a loud whistling tone that the singer raises and lowers to create a weird sort of melody by varying the embouchure.’
    • ‘Proper embouchure, breath control and good technique are essential components for learning a wind instrument, but unlikely to yield positive results in themselves, unless guided by the ear.’
    • ‘I'm proud; my embouchure is not nearly as loose as I'd thought it might be, although my muscles are fairly weak…’
    • ‘Personally, I only take note of clarinet players, what with their tighter embouchure and greater tongue control.’
    • ‘She took the clarinet in both of her hands and… almost instinctively wrapped her hands correctly around it and fixed her embouchure… all without having to be told.’
    1. 1.1 The mouthpiece of a flute or a similar instrument.
      • ‘So I raised it higher, and this removed it from the embouchure.’
  • 2archaic The mouth of a river or valley.

    outfall, outlet, debouchment, debouchure
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Mid 18th century: French, from s'emboucher ‘discharge itself by the mouth’, from emboucher ‘put in or to the mouth’, from em- ‘into’ + bouche ‘mouth’.