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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


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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