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ce·les·ta

 (sə-lĕs′tə) also ce·leste (-lĕst′)
n.
A musical instrument with a keyboard and metal plates struck by hammers that produce bell-like tones.

[French célesta, from céleste, celestial, from Latin caelestis; see celestial.]

celesta

(sɪˈlɛstə) or

celeste

n
(Instruments) music a keyboard percussion instrument consisting of a set of steel plates of graduated length that are struck with key-operated hammers. The tone is an ethereal tinkling sound. Range: four octaves upwards from middle C
[C19: from French, Latinized variant of céleste heavenly]

ce•les•ta

(səˈlɛs tə)

also ce•leste

(səˈlɛst)

n., pl. -les•tas also -lestes.
a musical instrument consisting principally of a set of graduated steel plates struck with hammers that are activated by a keyboard.
[1895–1900; < French célesta,céleste literally, heavenly (see celestial)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.celesta - a musical instrument consisting of graduated steel plates that are struck by hammers activated by a keyboardcelesta - a musical instrument consisting of graduated steel plates that are struck by hammers activated by a keyboard
keyboard instrument - a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
Translations

celesta

, celeste
n (Mus) → Celesta f
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