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n. pl. cem·ba·los
A harpsichord.

[Italian, short for clavicembalo, from Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum : Latin clāvis, key + Latin cymbalum, cymbal; see cymbal.]

cem′ba·list (-bə-lĭst) n.


n, pl -li (-lɪ) or -los
(Instruments) another word for harpsichord
[C19: shortened from clavicembalo]
ˈcembalist n


(ˈhɑrp sɪˌkɔrd)

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cembalo - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivotscembalo - 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


[ˈtʃembələʊ] N (cembalos or cembali (pl)) [ˈtʃembəlɪ]clavicordio m, clave m


n (Mus) → Cembalo nt
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