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also haut·bois  (hō′boi′, ō′boi′)
n. pl. haut·boys also haut·bois (-boiz′)
An oboe.

[French hautbois, from Old French : haut, high; see haughty + bois, wood (of Germanic origin).]


1. (Plants) Also called: hautbois strawberry or haubois a strawberry, Fragaria moschata, of central Europe and Asia, with small round fruit
2. (Instruments) an archaic word for oboe
[C16: from French hautbois, from haut high + bois wood, of Germanic origin; see bush1]


(ˈoʊ boʊ)

a woodwind instrument having a slender conical, tubular body and a double-reed mouthpiece.
[1690–1700; < Italian < French hautbois=haut high + bois wood; compare hautboy]
o′bo•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hautboy - a slender double-reed instrumenthautboy - a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece
double reed, double-reed instrument - a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
basset oboe, heckelphone - an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe
musette pipe - a small simple oboe
oboe da caccia - an alto oboe; precursor of the English horn
oboe d'amore - an oboe pitched a minor third lower than the ordinary oboe; used to perform baroque music
shawm - a medieval oboe
References in classic literature ?
The second course was two ducks trussed up in the form of fiddles; sausages and puddings resembling flutes and hautboys, and a breast of veal in the shape of a harp.
What hautboys and Zamora bagpipes we shall hear, what tabors, timbrels, and rebecks
As Fouquet was giving, or appearing to give, all his attention to the brilliant illuminations, the languishing music of the violins and hautboys, the sparkling sheaves of the artificial fires, which, inflaming the heavens with glowing reflections, marked behind the trees the dark profile of the donjon of Vincennes; as, we say, the superintendent was smiling on the ladies and the poets the fete was every whit as gay as usual; and Vatel, whose restless, even jealous look, earnestly consulted the aspect of Fouquet, did not appear dissatisfied with the welcome given to the ordering of the evening's entertainment.
Then it became a little louder, and sounded like a flute or a distant hautboy.
In English it becomes hautboy, a wooden musical instrument of two-foot tone, I believe, played with a double reed, an oboe, in fact.