• WordNet 3.6
    • n hautboy a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hautboy (Bot) A sort of strawberry (Fragaria elatior).
    • Hautboy (Mus) A wind instrument, sounded through a reed, and similar in shape to the clarinet, but with a thinner tone. Now more commonly called oboe. See Illust. of Oboe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hautboy A wind-instrument of wood, sounded through a double reed: in recent use more commonly in the Italian form oboe.
    • n hautboy In botany, a kind of strawberry, Fragaria elatior, growing in Europe at moderate altitudes. The leaves are rugose and plicate, and the fruit has a musky flavor. In France the term hautbois is also applied to the elder, Sambucus nigra.
    • n hautboy In organ-building, same as oboe, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hautboy hō′boi an older form of Oboe (q.v.): a large kind of strawberry.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hautbois, lit., high wood; haut, high + bois, wood. So called on account of its high tone. See Haughty Bush; and cf. Oboe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. hautboishaut, high, bois, wood.


In literature:

Five thousand old women, singing the praises of the said secretary and taking snuff to the flourish of hautboys.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Before the rails was a fellow playing upon the hautboy.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
For, if the Words are not heard so as to be understood, there will be no great Difference between a human Voice and a Hautboy.
"Observations on the Florid Song" by Pier Francesco Tosi
And let us in future see Shakspeare's ghosts adorned with the proper paraphernalia and (impernalia) of thunder, hautboys, and brimstone.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
Hautboys and trumpets sounded shrilly the onset, and the first pair of knights, laying their lances in rest, rushed to the encounter.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
You dine with me at Hautboy's.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The little band of musicians playing vielles and hautboys in one corner of the room suddenly sounded very loud.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The band had caught up with them, and the trumpets and hautboys screamed death to the enemy while the kettledrums rumbled.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
They are not the soft sounds of the flute or the hautboy that I hear, but the sweeter notes of nature's own music.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The young Lord Hautboy, her eldest son, was now just of age.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Next in this poem which affords such a wonderful study for tone-color we have the hautboy's message.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
And among the hautboys there was a trumpet, equally a novel invention.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
Of the orchestral players the drum was the noisiest; though the hautboy and the piccolo were every whit as emphatic.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II" by James H. Mapleson
How such skill came to Pan Klen on the hautboy, the organ, and various other instruments which he understood, it was difficult to discover.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Here's fine savoys, and ripe hautboys.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
He was preceded by a great Mob of Pipers, Hautboys, and Fishermen.
"The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I" by Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz
His father was a musician employed as hautboy player in the Hanoverian guard.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Afterward came six players on the hautboy clothed in sarcinet of a violet crimson.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
In 'Hamlet,' Act III., Scene 2, strolling actors are introduced, and with them musicians playing on hautboys and recorders.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
Flutes, hautboys, drums, and viols.
"Merlin" by Edwin Arlington Robinson

In poetry:

Where once was heard a voice of song,
The hautboys of the mad winds sing;
Where once a music flowed along,
The rain's wild bugle's ring.
"Bare Boughs" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then, when down blue canals of cloudy snow
The white moon oars her boat, and woods vibrate
With crickets, lo, I hear the hautboys blow
Of Elf-land; and when green the fireflies glow,
See where the goblins hold a Fairy Fête
With lanthorn row on row.
"Gramarye" by Madison Julius Cawein