harpsichord

noun
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

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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 The Kelsey Lu collab builds off a melancholy harpsichord melody, originally recorded by pianist Chilly Gonzalez on a spinet. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Baauer, Boys Noize, Sidepiece & More," 19 Mar. 2021 Nichloson's words and melodies became more complex and layered with the help of Hirabayashi's orchestrations — and harpsichord. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Minnesota creatives respond to a big idea: Let's make opera small," 4 Feb. 2021 Solo harpsichord recital by Jacques Ogg, 11 a.m., $5-$15. Star Tribune, "Minnesota's Lyra Baroque brings 17th-century music into the Zoom era," 21 Jan. 2021 On Saturday night, the 11 string players were masked and well spaced at the front of the Zion Lutheran Church sanctuary, with Richman leading from the harpsichord. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Bach Society switches holiday offerings to Italian concertos," 6 Dec. 2020 The cameras are as intelligent as can be, training on all the right subjects, and so true is the audio fidelity, one might as well be seated next to McGegan, turning pages at the harpsichord. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra covers Baroque, Christmas bases with spirited fourth ‘In Focus’ episode," 12 Dec. 2020 The harpsichord had been supplanted by the new piano, which itself was evolving almost as fast as present-day smartphones. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Bach Society ventures beyond baroque, to Beethoven," 16 Nov. 2020 Your new album sounds like a classic country record, but with a lot of twists, including a harpsichord. Dallas News, "Charley Crockett rolls into the Kessler, where indoor shows are attempting a comeback," 23 Oct. 2020 Your new album sounds like a classic country record, but with a lot of twists, including a harpsichord. Dallas News, "Charley Crockett rolls into the Kessler, where indoor shows are attempting a comeback," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of harpsichord was in 1611

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3 Apr 2021

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“Harpsichord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harpsichord. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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harpsichord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harpsichord

: a musical instrument that is similar to a piano but with strings that are plucked rather than struck

harpsichord

noun
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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