Definition of psaltery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôltərē/

noun (plural psalteries)

An ancient and medieval musical instrument like a dulcimer but played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.
Example sentences
  • The double psaltery had two ranks of strings, one on either side of the soundbox.
  • King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone that at the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, psaltery, dulcimer and all kinds of music they should fall down and worship the golden image.
  • Some of the Jaufre Rudel pieces are unaccompanied too, but even those in which the psaltery or harp make an appearance use these instruments most sparingly.


Middle English sautrie, from Old French sauterie, from Latin psalterium (see psalter).

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Syllabification: psal·ter·y

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