Definition of clavichord
: an early keyboard instrument having strings struck by tangents attached directly to the key ends
clavichordistplay \-ˌkȯr-dist\ noun
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Later, this became the clavichord, then the harpsicord, then the pianoforte, which becomes the piano.
Bryan Higgins (email@example.com) plays the French horn and clavichord, writes fiction and software, and lives in Berkeley and Soda Springs, California.
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CLAVICHORD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clavichord for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that is similar to a piano and was played mostly in the past before the piano was invented
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