Meaning of embouchure in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɒmbʊˈʃʊə/


  • 1Music
    mass noun The way in which a player applies their mouth to the mouthpiece of a brass or wind instrument, especially as it affects the production of the sound.

    ‘Proper embouchure, breath control and good technique are essential components for learning a wind instrument, but unlikely to yield positive results in themselves, unless guided by the ear.’
    • ‘Personally, I only take note of clarinet players, what with their tighter embouchure and greater tongue control.’
    • ‘She took the clarinet in both of her hands and… almost instinctively wrapped her hands correctly around it and fixed her embouchure… all without having to be told.’
    • ‘I'm proud; my embouchure is not nearly as loose as I'd thought it might be, although my muscles are fairly weak…’
    • ‘The first harmonic is a humming sound in the midrange, and on top is a loud whistling tone that the singer raises and lowers to create a weird sort of melody by varying the embouchure.’
    1. 1.1count noun The mouthpiece of a flute or a similar instrument.
      • ‘So I raised it higher, and this removed it from the embouchure.’
  • 2archaic The mouth of a river or valley.

    outfall, outlet, debouchment, embouchure, debouchure


Mid 18th century French, from s'emboucher ‘discharge itself by the mouth’, from emboucher ‘put in or to the mouth’, from em- ‘into’ + bouche ‘mouth’.