pi·​ano·​forte pē-ˈa-nə-ˌfȯrt How to pronounce pianoforte (audio)
-ˌfȯr-tē How to pronounce pianoforte (audio)
: piano

Examples of pianoforte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While cleaning the basement one day, Teresa discovers a pianoforte that had been given to Sant’Ignazio by a donor, a gift specifically for the women of the institute. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Mysterious and quieter than her loud siblings, the sixth Bridgerton child has been largely absent from the first two seasons, having left London to practice pianoforte with their Aunt Winnie during season 1. Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 But, after all, there's a pianoforte in the room. Liana Schaffner, Town & Country, 30 June 2022 Dust off the pianoforte! Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Georgiana in her multifarious endeavors of both the pianoforte and the heart. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 8 Dec. 2022 The Metropolitan Museum of Art This pianoforte, made in 1720, is the oldest surviving piano. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2018 Later, this became the clavichord, then the harpsicord, then the pianoforte, which becomes the piano. National Geographic, 11 Dec. 2016

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Word History



First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pianoforte was in 1741

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“Pianoforte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianoforte. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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pi·​ano·​forte pē-ˈan-ə-ˌfō(ə)rt How to pronounce pianoforte (audio) -ˌfȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce pianoforte (audio)

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