Definition of saxophone in English:



  • A member of a family of metal wind instruments with a single-reed mouthpiece, used especially in jazz and dance music.

    • ‘The saxophone was not a popular instrument in jazz - it was a secondary instrument.’
    • ‘Later, his high school bandleader was awestruck by his ability to improvise on the saxophone.’
    • ‘Ginger was also a proud member of the band, though she played alto saxophone and she enjoyed jazz and Christian rock.’
    • ‘Guitars, flutes, trombones, saxophones and clarinets all combine to play back up to her vocals.’
    • ‘The music is awkward and unbalanced, a melange of cello, saxophone, piano and intermittent percussion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But jazz quartets can be varied with a trumpet or a saxophone or even a flute or clarinet.’
    • ‘He began his career playing the saxophone in a jazz orchestra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You also mentioned once that you were thinking of recording a solo album entirely based around your saxophone and flutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scott is also an accomplished musician, playing the saxophone and winning two gold medals in violin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.