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ce·les·ta(sə-lĕs′tə) also ce·leste (-lĕst′)
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.]
(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]
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)]