harpsichord

noun harp·si·chord \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

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

harpsichordist

play \ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯr-dist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of harpsichord

modification of Italian arpicordo, from arpa harp + corda string


HARPSICHORD Defined for English Language Learners

harpsichord

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

harpsichord

noun harp·si·chord \ ˈhärp-si-ˌkȯrd \

Definition of harpsichord for Students

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


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