Definition of plectrum in English:
noun (plural plectrums or plectra ˈplɛktrə)
1A thin flat piece of plastic, tortoiseshell, or other slightly flexible material held by or worn on the fingers and used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument such as a guitar.
- If you refer to your collection of tortoiseshell guitar picks as plectra, the rest of your rock group are going to make merciless fun of you.
- The arched-top guitar came to the fore as the regular plectrum guitar for jazz, giving chords of a penetrating, rather metallic quality.
- With a jerk, I smashed the plectrum hard down my guitar, sending an ear splitting screech of metal throughout the building.
1.1The mechanical part corresponding to a plectrum which plucks the strings of an instrument such as a harpsichord.
- ‘Its plectra - which pluck the strings to produce the harpsichord's sound - were replaced using black turkey quills, which they would have been made from originally,’ she said.
- The problems of construction, strings and tunings aside, the critical issue is that the instrument is played not with plectrums, bows or hammers, but only by the hand.
- In a harpsichord, there is a separate plectrum for each string.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek plēktron 'something with which to strike', from plēssein 'to strike'.
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