from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A harpsichord.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. harpsichord

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old name for the harpsichord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument of the harp family; a dulcimer.
  • n. Such an instrument played by means of keys or digitals; a harpsichord, and, later, a pianoforte or organ keyboard: short for clavicembalo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots


Italian, short for clavicembalo, from Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum : Latin clāvis, key + Latin cymbalum, cymbal; see cymbal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian cembalo, from Latin. (Wiktionary)



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