Definition of oboe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈəʊbəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊboʊ//
Musical instruments
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a musical instrument of the woodwind group. It is shaped like a pipe and has a double reed at the top that you blow into. See related entries: Musical instruments Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Italian, or from French hautbois, from haut ‘high’ + bois ‘wood’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: oboe