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
harpsichordistplay \ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯr-dist\ noun
Recent Examples of harpsichord from the Web
Bit by bit, elements filled the arrangement: a dizzying, cyclical acoustic guitar riff, the lush rolls of harpsichord and Simon's whimsical whistle.
And there were instruments galore: Harpsichords, tamboura, Mellotron, harmonium, woodwinds, and a variety of guitars, pianos, and tambourines.
Zuzana Ruzickova, the Czech harpsichord player, is 90 years old.
With HIP replacement, Cheng’s harpsichord could now offer an evening of novelty.
Pacien Mazzagatti, the company’s principal conductor, led from the harpsichord.
The April 28 program will start with Bach's Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, with Dawn Gingrich, violin, and Jason Moy, harpsichord.
Marie Antoinette, a proficient amateur musician, played the harpsichord and the flute, but evidently favored the harp.
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and recorders; Tatiana Daubek, violin; Beiliang Zhu, cello; and Avi Stein, harpsichord.
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Origin and Etymology of harpsichord
modification of Italian arpicordo, from arpa harp + corda string
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
HARPSICHORD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of harpsichord for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that is similar to a piano but with strings that are plucked rather than struck
HARPSICHORD Defined for Kids
Definition of harpsichord for Students
: a keyboard instrument similar to a piano with strings that are plucked
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