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harp·si·chord

 (härp′sĭ-kôrd′)
n.
A keyboard instrument whose strings are plucked by means of quills or plectrums.

[Alteration of obsolete French harpechorde, from Italian arpicordo : arpa, harp (from Late Latin harpa, of Germanic origin) + corda, string (from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē; see gherə- in Indo-European roots).]

harp′si·chord′ist n.
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harpsichord

(ˈhɑːpsɪˌkɔːd)
n
(Instruments) a horizontally strung stringed keyboard instrument, triangular in shape, consisting usually of two manuals controlling various sets of strings plucked by pivoted plectrums mounted on jacks. Some harpsichords have a pedal keyboard and stops by which the tone colour may be varied
[C17: from New Latin harpichordium, from Late Latin harpa harp + Latin chorda chord1]
ˈharpsiˌchordist n
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harp•si•chord

(ˈhɑrp sɪˌkɔrd)

n.
a keyboard instrument, precursor of the piano, in which the strings are plucked by leather or quill points connected with the keys, in common use from the 16th to the 18th century, and revived in the 20th.
[1605–15; < New Latin harpichordium (with intrusive -s-). See harp, -i-, chord1]
harp′si•chord`ist, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harpsichord - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivotsharpsichord - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
Klavier, clavier - a stringed instrument that has a keyboard
spinet - early model harpsichord with only one string per note
pair of virginals, virginal - a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries
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Translations
مِعْزَف قيثاري
cembalo
cembalo
csembaló
semball
klavesinas
klavihords
čembalo
čembalo
cembalo
çimbaloklâvsen

harpsichord

[ˈhɑːpsɪkɔːd] Nclavicémbalo m, clavecín m
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harpsichord

[ˈhɑːrpsikɔːrd] nclavecin m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

harpsichord

nCembalo nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

harpsichord

[ˈhɑːpsɪˌkɔːd] nclavicembalo, cembalo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

harpsichord

(ˈhaːpsikoːd) noun
a type of early keyboard musical instrument.
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