spin·​et | \ ˈspi-nət How to pronounce spinet (audio) also spi-ˈnet \

Definition of spinet

1 : an early harpsichord having a single keyboard and only one string for each note
2a : a compactly built small upright piano
b : a small electronic organ

Examples of spinet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your desk dates from around 1925 and gets its name from the design resemblance to spinet harpsicords and pianos. oregonlive, "Among these antiques, midcentury modern trumps Civil War: Today’s Collectibles," 3 Jan. 2020 Manilow learned to play the accordion, and then a cheap spinet piano. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.," 5 Aug. 2019 The Calligraphie Florale cuff is striking both for its composition in white gold, white and brownish diamonds, pink sapphires, black spinets, and tsavorite garnets as for its handling of negative space. Vogue, "Chanel’s Wearable Coromandels: A First Look at the House’s New High Jewelry Collection," 28 June 2018 In the high-ceilinged taproom, which shares floor space with the tanks, a broken spinet piano is incorporated into the bar. New York Times, "In Charleston, Beer Gets Its Own Neighborhood," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spinet

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spinet

Italian spinetta, perhaps from diminutive of spina thorn, from Latin; from the manner of plucking its strings

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“Spinet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinet. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spinet

: a small piano
: a small electric organ
: a small harpsichord


spin·​et | \ ˈspi-nət How to pronounce spinet (audio) \

Kids Definition of spinet

1 : a harpsichord with one keyboard and only one string for each note
2 : a small upright piano

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