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Line breaks: ce|leste
Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛst

Definition of celeste in English:


1 Short for voix celeste.
2 another term for celesta.
Example sentences
  • It's all in his orchestration - not lots of strings and brass but celestes, prepared pianos, very early synthesisers.
  • String groupings of violins and cellos swell throughout and voice aching, mournful melodies, the piano occasionally joined by a celeste or glockenspiel.
  • Though the evening was billed as a solo acoustic gig, the stage set-up looked more cluttered than a Radiohead show: six guitars, banjos, drum machines, a piano, Fender Rhodes, celeste and squeeze box.


late 19th century: from French céleste 'heavenly', from Latin caelestis, from caelum 'heaven'.

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