o·boe / ˈōbō/ • n. a woodwind instrument with a slender, tubular body, played with a double-reed mouthpiece. ∎ an organ stop resembling an oboe in tone.DERIVATIVES: o·bo·ist / -wist/ n.
oboe Woodwind musical instrument. It has a slightly flared bell and, like the bassoon, is a double-reed instrument. The earliest true oboes were used in the mid-17th century and have been widely used since the 18th century.
oboe XVIII. — It. — F. hautbois HAUTBOY.
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