clav·​i·​chord | \ ˈkla-və-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce clavichord (audio) \

Definition of clavichord

: an early keyboard instrument having strings struck by tangents attached directly to the key ends

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clavichordist \ ˈkla-​və-​ˌkȯr-​dist How to pronounce clavichord (audio) \ noun

Examples of clavichord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As cracking leaves and creaking doors giving way to plaintive clavichords, Jaar bleeds atmosphere and rhythm into an unholy playground for Harrington's piercing guitar work. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Nov. 2019 Before logging miles on this afternoon hike, we are treated to a soothing musical performance on the clavichord, an instrument dating back to 14th century Japan whose gentle notes amplify the enchanting whisper of the forest. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2018 The group's timbre is sometimes altered by Wachsmann's subtle waves of electronics and Sandell's occasional use of clavichord and portative organ. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 2 Feb. 2018 One may be 47 percent bassoon and 53 percent clavichord. Cade Metz, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2017 Later, this became the clavichord, then the harpsicord, then the pianoforte, which becomes the piano. National Geographic, 11 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of clavichord

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clavichord

Medieval Latin clavichordium, from Latin clavis key + chorda string — more at cord

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“Clavichord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clavichord

: 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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