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a. A small, compact upright piano.
b. A small, compact upright electronic organ.
2. A small harpsichord with a single keyboard.

[Obsolete French espinette, from Italian spinetta, perhaps diminutive of spīna, thorn (presumably so called because the strings of the original instrument were plucked with quills); see spinel.]


(spɪˈnɛt; ˈspɪnɪt)
(Instruments) a small type of harpsichord having one manual
[C17: from Italian spinetta, perhaps from Giovanni Spinetti, 16th-century Italian maker of musical instruments and its supposed inventor]


(ˈspɪn ɪt)

1. a small upright piano.
2. any of various small harpsichords.
3. a small electric organ.
[1655–65; aph. variant of obsolete espinette < French < Italian spinetta, probably derivative of spin(a) thorn (see spine)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spinet - a small and compactly built upright pianospinet - a small and compactly built upright piano
upright piano, upright - a piano with a vertical sounding board
2.spinet - early model harpsichord with only one string per note
cembalo, harpsichord - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots


[spɪˈnet] Nespineta f


Spinett nt
(US) → Kleinklavier nt
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