Definitions

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

  • n. A piano.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lesser used term for the piano (the musical instrument).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument of the percussive group, the tones being produced by blows of hammers upon stretched strings, and the hammers being operated from a keyboard. ,

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

  • n. a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds

Etymologies

Italian, from (gravecembalo col) piano (e) forte, (harpsichord with) soft (and) loud : piano, soft; see piano2 + forte, loud; see forte2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian piano, soft, quiet + forte, loud, strong; the instrument can be played both softly and loudly (Wiktionary)

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  • Because piano just isn't long enough.

    March 27, 2009