Definition of clarion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklerēən/ /ˈklɛriən/

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  • 1historical A shrill narrow-tubed war trumpet.

    • ‘They talk, shout, create ‘the warlike sound / Of trumpets loud and clarions… Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds ’.’
    1. 1.1An organ stop with a quality resembling that of a clarion.


  • Loud and clear.

    ‘clarion trumpeters’
    • ‘In the solo arias in the first and third acts, Pavarotti rang out the high notes with that clarion sonority that is unmistakably his.’
    • ‘His clarion tone and beautiful phrasing were a model of superb instrumental control and mastery.’
    • ‘Then, too, the ideal voice for this heroic part needs the sort of declamatory clarion brilliance that the Italians call 'squillo'.’
    • ‘His alto sound is not, thankfully for the balance, of the clarion variety and he, of all the soloists, looked and sounded most involved in the work.’
    • ‘The clarion trumpet playing was particularly outstanding.’
    pure, clear, smooth, fluent, distinct, clarion


    clarion call
    • A strongly expressed demand or request for action.

      ‘he issued a clarion call to young people to join the Party’
      • ‘Forty years ago, Fanon was issuing a clarion call against imperialism.’
      • ‘Public opposition to a conflict remains strong and a clarion call has gone out from anti-war organisations across the world to stage protests from the first day of war.’
      • ‘Kennedy issued his clarion call to mobilize Americans against these threatening prospects.’
      • ‘It should be emphasised that this clarion call comes after many months when the European Central Bank has been preparing the ground for an increase in interest rates.’
      • ‘This is the clarion call for a universal and publicly-funded system of social provision and essential services, of which post-secondary education is one.’
      • ‘They spoke on behalf of millions of child labourers in India and gave a clarion call to all countries for eliminating poverty and ensuring education to all irrespective of age and gender.’
      • ‘The conference, unthinkable a year ago, produced a clarion call for democratic change - one that was all but ignored by Western media.’
      • ‘He reiterated his clarion call for freeing American politics from the stranglehold of ‘special interest’ money.’
      • ‘So far, his clarion call hasn't entirely fallen on deaf ears.’
      • ‘Instead, leading business and farming figures converged on Harrogate today with a clarion call to beat the crisis and face the future together.’


Middle English from medieval Latin clario(n-), from Latin clarus ‘clear’.