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pianoforte Line breaks: pi¦ano|forte
Pronunciation: /pɪˌanəʊˈfɔːteɪ/

Definition of pianoforte in English:


Formal term for piano1.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with pianoforte

forty, haughty, naughty, rorty, shorty, sortie, sporty, UB40, warty
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