Definition of rackett in US English:


(also ranket, racket, rankett)


  • 1A double-reed woodwind instrument of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, with a squat cylindrical body in which nine parallel bores are drilled lengthwise to form a continuous undulating tube. Sometimes with preceding modifying word, indicating the size or pitch of the instrument, as "bass rackett", "tenor rackett", etc.

  • 2Originally and usually rankett. An organ stop of the regal type, with short resonators and a soft tone, originally popular in the 16th cent., but now little used.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From German Rackett, Racket, Rankett kind of organ stop, double-reed woodwind instrument used during the Renaissance and Baroque period; further etymology uncertain and disputed; it is also unclear whether the terms for the organ stop and the woodwind instrument were originally the same word.