Definition of pianoforte in English:

pianoforte

Line breaks: pi¦ano|forte
Pronunciation: /pɪˌanəʊˈfɔːteɪ
 
, pɪˌanəʊˈfɔːti
 
/

noun

  • formal term for piano1.
    More example sentences
    • All daughters were expected to learn the pianoforte - one of the few disciplines, along with sewing, embroidering and housekeeping, that society permitted them to pursue.
    • Toy musical instruments, including French horns, trumpets, violins, pianofortes, flutes, and drums, numbered 17,622; small horses, horsemen, and soldiers, from drummers to lancers, over 3,000.
    • He is plagued by his poor relationship with his father who dragged him about Europe as a child performing pieces on cloth covered pianofortes from the age of 5 to his early teens.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Italian, earlier piano e forte 'soft and loud', expressing the gradation in tone.

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