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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.
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n, pl -li (-lɪ) or -los
(Instruments) another word for harpsichord
[C19: shortened from clavicembalo]
ˈcembalist n
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(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.
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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
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[ˈtʃembələʊ] N (cembalos or cembali (pl)) [ˈtʃembəlɪ]clavicordio m, clave m
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n (Mus) → Cembalo nt
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References in periodicals archive ?
Zwei Lieder Nach Deutschen Volksdichtungen: Fur Sopran, Flote, Cembalo und Violoncello (1988).
(In a despondent letter from Scotland he compared himself to an old cembalo.)
Personal values were introduced because the variables typically used for consumer studies (mainly demographics) are shown to no longer be suitable for explaining the individual heterogeneity of preference for prosocial and proenvironmental actions (Cembalo et al.
Tacete coro nell'opera Elisa e Claudio [per cembalo solo] (Milan: Ricordi, [1822]); Francesco Royle.
Now the double bassist plays the CEMBALO. The harmonica player plays the KOBSA.
L'anziano conte lascia la casa, e vi ritorna dopo molti anni, spinto da un oscuro rimorso; quando entra nella stanza della musica il cembalo si mette a suonare la canzone di Weber, e all'interno della melodia si percepisce la voce di Ida.
A cembalo is an alternative name for which keyboard instrument?
The program will feature a world premiere by resident choreographer Mary Barton, a company premiere of Ann Marie DeAngelo's "Blackberry Winter," and a major revival of Gerald Arpino's "Viva Vivaldi." Applauded for its revival of Gerald Arpino's "Confetti" during the 2011-12 Season, ARB will present "Viva Vivaldi," set to Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D for Violin, Strings and Cembalo. The piece is expected to be performed with equal gusto.
0121 780 3333; SUNDAY Weik Bosgraaf, recorders, Izhar Eliasm baroque guitar, Allesandro Pianu, cembalo - renaissance music: Birmingham Town Hall, 11am.