clavier

noun
cla·​vier | \ klə-ˈvir How to pronounce clavier (audio) ; ˈklā-vē-ər How to pronounce clavier (audio) , ˈkla- \

Definition of clavier

1 : the keyboard of a musical instrument
2 [German Klavier, from French clavier] : an early keyboard instrument

Other Words from clavier

clavierist \ klə-​ˈvir-​ist How to pronounce clavier (audio) ; ˈklā-​vē-​ə-​rist , ˈkla-​ \ noun
clavieristic \ klə-​ˌvi-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce clavier (audio) ; ˌklā-​vē-​ə-​ˈri-​stik , ˌkla-​ \ adjective

Examples of clavier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the historian Paul Johnson recounts in Mozart: A Life, Mozart began playing the clavier at age 4 and was composing at 5. David Z. Hambrick, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2015 His immaculate Bach playing has long served as a hallmark of the pianist’s artistry, and his F minor concerto stood as a model of how to make music written for clavier work convincingly on a modern instrument. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov. 2017 Among the boy’s notable skills was the capacity to perform brilliantly on the clavier, even when the keyboard was covered with a cloth. Jonathan Rosenberg, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of clavier

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clavier

French, from Old French, key bearer, from Latin clavis

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“Clavier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clavier. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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