Cornet-à-piston

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cornet-à-piston (Mus) A brass wind instrument, like the trumpet, furnished with valves moved by small pistons or sliding rods; a cornopean; a cornet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

A cornet-a-piston would be something.
"The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan" by William Schwenk Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
The serenade was charming; there was a cornet-a-piston.
"Ursula" by Honore de Balzac
When you're my age you'll play that thing like a cornet-a-piston.
"The Wrong Box" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
The manager is as drunk as a cornet-a-piston; he is hiccuping already.
"Cousin Betty" by Honore de Balzac
Jack sat behind with the two grooms, and tooted on a cornet-a-piston in the most melancholy manner.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The manager is as drunk as a cornet-a-piston; he is hiccuping already.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
When you're my age you'll play that thing like a cornet-a-piston.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That he might be at rest while engaged on this work he earned his daily bread by arranging popular operas for cornet-a-piston.
"Life of Wagner" by Louis Nohl
How admirable is the cornet-a-piston gentleman contrasted with the pianoforte player!
"John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1" by William Powell Frith
Orchestra consisted of a bass-drum, one violin, and a cornet-a-piston.
"Doesticks, What He Says" by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
Under its laughter-compelling notes the sober bass-viol put on a merry disposition, and your cornet-a-piston became a wag.
"Kentucky in American Letters, v. 1 of 2" by John Wilson Townsend
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