harp·​si·​chord | \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce harpsichord (audio) \

Definition of harpsichord

: a stringed instrument resembling a grand piano but usually having two keyboards and two or more strings for each note and producing tones by the plucking of strings with plectra

Other Words from harpsichord

harpsichordist \ ˈhärp-​si-​ˌkȯr-​dist How to pronounce harpsichord (audio) \ noun

Examples of harpsichord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our manager showed up the next day with a harpsichord and this weed called Train Wreck. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 13 May 2022 Hoping the change will prod the reluctant 13-year-old from his gloom, the senior Silbermann urges his son to make the most of his budding musical talents at the school – Stefan sings and plays the harpsichord and organ – before bidding him farewell. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2022 When the opera was unable to negotiate an agreement to hire 34 symphony musicians to play, the production went forward with a pianist and a harpsichord player playing the score. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2022 The concert featured harpsichord, violin, organ and vocal sections in Bach’s compositions, with a closing performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem, the statement said. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2022 The continuo was judiciously realized by Michael Sponseller on harpsichord and Jacob Street on organ. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violinist and concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads members of the ensemble in Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s string arrangement of Bach’s highly mutable 1741 composition originally written for the harpsichord. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 As proof, a radiant Andriessen harpsichord solo and a shimmering Lucier triangle solo showed up recently on programs at Disney. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 But this harpsichord rendition has, for some reason, never made the leap to digital. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of harpsichord

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harpsichord

modification of Italian arpicordo, from arpa harp + corda string

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“Harpsichord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harpsichord. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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harp·​si·​chord | \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce harpsichord (audio) \

Kids Definition of harpsichord

: a keyboard instrument similar to a piano with strings that are plucked

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