Borrowed from French cor anglais (literally “English horn”), calqued from a misunderstanding of Middle High German engellisches horn (“angelic horn”), from the resemblance of the instrument to horns played by angels as depicted in the Middle Ages.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɔːɹ ˈɒŋɡleɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkɔɹ ɔŋˈɡleɪ/
- Rhymes: -eɪ
cor anglais (plural cors anglais)
- (music) A double-reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family that is pitched in F, one fifth lower than the oboe and is consequently approximately one third longer than the oboe.