pi·a·no | \pē-ˈä-(ˌ)nō \

Definition of piano 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: at a soft volume : soft used as a direction in music


pi·ano | \pē-ˈa-(ˌ)nō also -ˈä- \
plural pianos

Definition of piano (Entry 2 of 3)

: a musical instrument having steel wire strings that sound when struck by felt-covered hammers operated from a keyboard


biographical name
Pi·a·no | \pē-ˈä-(ˌ)nō \

Definition of Piano (Entry 3 of 3)

Renzo 1937–     Italian architect

Examples of piano in a Sentence


Do you play the piano? He takes piano lessons on Wednesdays.

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Foster even played piano at McPhee’s February 2008 nuptials to first husband Cokas. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "David Foster Jokes He Was 'Bragging' About Katharine McPhee During Her Season of American Idol," 12 July 2018 The piano player, who lost a big tip, was the only person not amused. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018 Tomlinson was raised in a musical family in tiny Door County in northern Wisconsin, where the cold weather presented ample opportunities for singing and playing piano. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Anne Tomlinson on two decades leading the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," 27 June 2018 There’s an old Parks and Recreation episode that finds Leslie and Tom judging the Miss Pawnee pageant; Leslie guns for Susan, a great student and an expert piano player and a volunteer at a children’s hospital. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Miss America 2.0: The Inner Beauty Pageant?," 5 June 2018 Anthony was sweet and polite, and an amazing piano player. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Finding the courage to follow her dream," 13 May 2018 Smith was also influenced by the Beatles and Leonard Cohen, as well as Tom Lehrer, a comedic piano player and singer. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Acclaimed songwriter to perform in Grayslake," 1 May 2018 The characters play the piano and other instruments including guitar and ukulele during the show. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Marriott Theatre's 'Pinkalicious:' Silly, but honest," 11 July 2018 The next song is a love ballad to a woman on TV, powered by a toy piano that sounds exactly like that, and the tone is set. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The unexpected resonance of Zooropa, U2’s least-remembered album, 25 years later," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of piano

Adverb or adjective

1683, in the meaning defined above


1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piano

Adverb or adjective

Italian, from Late Latin planus smooth, from Latin, level — more at floor


Italian, short for pianoforte, from gravicembalo col piano e forte, literally, harpsichord with soft and loud; from the fact that its tones could be varied in loudness

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The first known use of piano was in 1683

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English Language Learners Definition of piano

 (Entry 1 of 2)

music : quietly or softly



English Language Learners Definition of piano (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large musical instrument with a keyboard that you play by pressing black and white keys and that produces sound when small hammers inside the piano hit steel wires


pi·a·no | \pē-ˈa-nō \
plural pianos

Kids Definition of piano

: a keyboard instrument having steel wire strings that make a sound when struck by hammers covered with felt

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