- 1 • historical A small harpsichord with the strings set obliquely to the keyboard, popular in the 18th century.More example sentences
- In the spinet, the strings run obliquely away from the player, producing a wing-shaped case, or a trapezoid case in smaller instruments.
- Sarah was fond of music and played the spinet (a musical instrument like a small harpsichord).
- It will include harpists, a soprano soloist accompanied by the flute and spinet and music by Mozart as well as other lesser-known composers.
- 2US A type of small upright piano.More example sentences
- These baby baby grands and tiny spinets produce three octaves from hammers hitting metal rods.
- Two pictures feature color TV sets, and one couple poses in front of a spinet piano, a very rare object in a Chinese household.
- According to her artist's statement, when she was a young girl, she demanded a piano; her parents bought a spinet piano for her, and her nursery school teacher gave her instruction.
mid 17th century: shortening of obsolete French espinette, from Italian spinetta 'virginal, spinet', diminutive of spina 'thorn' (see spine), the strings being plucked by quills.
More definitions of spinetDefinition of spinet in:
- The US English dictionary