September 02, 2017
saxophone (noun)
\SAK-suh-fohn\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a musical instrument of the woodwind class consisting of a usually curved metal tube with finger keys and a reed mouthpiece
How do you use it?
Ben decided to take up the saxophone after his music teacher played a recording of the great American saxophonist John Coltrane.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the statements below do you think correctly explains how the saxophone got its name?

Answer C is music to our ears! The saxophone was named for its inventor, a man named Antoine-Joseph Sax. Mr. Sax invented the saxophone in France in the mid-1800s. The word "saxophone" is a combination of the name "Sax" and the French word "-phone" meaning "sound." We also find Mr. Sax's name in the words "saxhorn" and "saxtuba," which are the names of other instruments Mr. Sax invented.
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