player piano


: a piano containing a mechanism by which it plays automatically

Examples of player piano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sometime collaborator of Oneohtrix Point Never and FKA twigs switches from prepared to acoustic piano on Moves in the Field, using a modern player piano, the Yamaha Disklavier, to write melodies too intricate for human hands. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 29 Mar. 2024 Consider the player piano, a machine that takes rolls of paper as input. Alex Reisner, The Atlantic, 29 Feb. 2024 In the late 1890s, that technology was the piano roll, which allowed player pianos to produce music without humans touching the keys. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Moran made her new EP using a Yamaha Disklavier player piano. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 10 Nov. 2023 Unfortunately, the cash register and the player piano aren’t included—but they’re being offered separately at the same event. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 11 May 2023 Our family has a thrilling story in its history about our grandfather and his brothers rescuing the family’s player piano from their burning house. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2023 Is this moment more like the invention of the calculator, saving me from the tedium of long division, or more like the invention of the player piano, robbing us of what can be communicated only through human emotion? Daniel Herman, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2022 Gershwin wrote a number of piano rolls meant to be performed on a player piano. Sheryl Devore,, 16 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of player piano was in 1905

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“Player piano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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player piano

: a piano containing an automatic playing mechanism

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