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harp

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noun \ˈhärp\

Definition of harp

  1. 1 :  a plucked stringed instrument consisting of a resonator, an arched or angled neck that may be supported by a post, and strings of graded length that are perpendicular to the soundboard

  2. 2 :  something resembling a harp

  3. 3 :  harmonica 2

harpist

play \ˈhär-pist\ noun

Illustration of harp

Origin and Etymology of harp

Middle English, from Old English hearpe; akin to Old High German harpha harp


First Known Use: before 12th century


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harp

verb

Definition of harp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play on a harp

  3. 2 :  to dwell on or recur to a subject tiresomely or monotonously —usually used with on

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of harp

before 12th century



HARP Defined for English Language Learners

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harp

play
noun \ˈhärp\

Definition of harp for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that has strings stretched across a large open frame and that is played with your fingers


HARP Defined for Kids

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harp

play
noun \ˈhärp\

Definition of harp for Students

  1. :  a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame set with strings that are plucked by the fingers


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harp

play
verb

Definition of harp for Students

harped

harping

  1. :  to call attention to something over and over again <The teacher harped on her mistake.>



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