Definition of orchestral in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ɔːˈkɛstr(ə)l/


1Written for an orchestra to play: orchestral music
More example sentences
  • By 1800 Beethoven was writing more orchestral music, and the sonatas began to break away from the symphonic mould.
  • The beautiful sense of orchestral chamber music the trio brought to the Largo was memorable.
  • You would believe that Debussy himself wrote the orchestral version of Claire de lune.
1.1Relating to an orchestra: an orchestral conductor
More example sentences
  • From Auckland, Vivian had been an orchestral conductor while Harold played clarinet.
  • Reger, thanks to his experience as a conductor, was a master of orchestral sound.
  • No conductor presently active commands more respect from orchestral players than Lorin Maazel.



Pronunciation: /ɔːˈkɛstrəli/
Example sentences
  • He also wrote a substantial quantity of orchestrally accompanied church music in which solo, ensemble, and choral textures are effectively mixed in a way that to some extent foreshadows Haydn.
  • I first encountered the music in the orchestral version and have a preference for it; it seems to me that the music was conceived orchestrally.
  • Bearing in mind he always thought orchestrally, we had to establish exactly the right fingering.

Words that rhyme with orchestral

ancestral, kestrel
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.