An earlier form in English is hautboy, but the spelling oboe was adopted into English ca. 1770 from the Italian oboè, a transliteration in that language's orthography of the 17th-century pronunciation of the French word hautbois, a compound word made of haut (“high, loud”) and bois (“wood, woodwind”).
oboe (plural oboes)
- A soprano and melody wind instrument in the modern orchestra and wind ensemble. It is a smaller instrument and generally made of grendilla wood. It is a member of the double reed family.
- Rhymes: -oe
Declension of oboe (type valtio)
oboe m (plural oboi)
oboe m (plural oboes)