pi·​ano·​forte | \ pē-ˈa-nə-ˌfȯrt How to pronounce pianoforte (audio) , -ˈä-, -ˌfȯr-tē; -ˌa-nə-ˈfȯr-tē, -ˌä- How to pronounce pianoforte (audio) \

Definition of pianoforte

2 : piano

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art This pianoforte, made in 1720, is the oldest surviving piano. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "High Notes: Musical Instruments Over Millennia," 23 Mar. 2018 Later, this became the clavichord, then the harpsicord, then the pianoforte, which becomes the piano. National Geographic, "Fun and Games Led to Some of the World's Greatest Inventions," 11 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of pianoforte

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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