Definition of clavichord in English:

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clavichord

Pronunciation: /ˈklavɪkɔːd/

noun

A small rectangular keyboard instrument with a soft tone, used especially in private homes from the early 15th to early 19th centuries.
Example sentences
  • Mozart's lifetime witnessed the coexistence of four kinds of keyboard instrument: the harpsichord, the clavichord, the fortepiano, and the organ.
  • New instruments that appeared during the early Renaissance, in the second half of the 15th century, included the harpsichord, the clavichord, and the viol and violin families.
  • In parallel with this I plan to visit museums where there are early keyboard instruments, either harpsichords or clavichords.

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin clavichordium, from Latin clavis 'key' + chorda 'string'.

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