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cla·vier(klə-vîr′, klā′vē-ər, klăv′ē-)
1. A keyboard.
2. A stringed keyboard instrument, such as a harpsichord.
[German Klavier, from French clavier, from Old French, key-bearer, from Latin clāvis, key.]
a. any keyboard instrument
b. the keyboard itself
[C18: from French: keyboard, from Old French (in the sense: key bearer), from Latin clāvis key]
cla•vier1(kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-)
the keyboard of a musical instrument.
[1700–10; < French; Old French: keyholder < Latin clāvi(s) key]
cla•vier2(kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-)
any keyboard musical instrument.
[1835–45; < German Klavier < French clavier keyboard]
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|Noun||1.||clavier - a bank of keys on a musical instrument|
accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box - a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
pipe organ, organ - wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
|2.||clavier - a stringed instrument that has a keyboard|
keyboard instrument - a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound