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An early keyboard instrument with a soft sound produced by small brass wedges striking horizontal strings.

[Middle English clavicord, from Medieval Latin clāvichordium : Latin clāvis, key + Latin chorda, string; see cord.]

clav′i·chord′ist n.
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(Instruments) a keyboard instrument consisting of a number of thin wire strings struck from below by brass tangents. The instrument is noted for its delicate tones, since the tangents do not rebound from the string until the key is released
[C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord1]
ˈclaviˌchordist n
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(ˈklæv ɪˌkɔrd)

an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the keys gently striking the strings.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium < Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2]
clav′i•chord`ist, n.
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Noun1.clavichord - an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate soundclavichord - an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
keyboard instrument - a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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[ˈklævɪkɔːd] Nclavicordio m
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[ˈklævɪkɔːrd] nclavicorde m
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nKlavichord nt
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References in classic literature ?
The young people, at the countess' instigation, gathered round the clavichord and harp.
"'While you sat and played toccatas stately, at the clavichord,"' Sophie hummed, and, head on one; side, nodded to where the perfect mirror should hang:
Hosted by Maher Bharwany, at The Clavichord, Signature 1 Hotel, from 9pm.
The clavichord Heyne commissioned from Fritz is one of only four instruments by the maker that is extant today.
Importantly, Talle takes the perspective not of performers or composers but rather that of a clavichord builder who probably saw himself as a mechanic rather than an artist; and that of one of his clients--a tax collector who saw the clavichord as a symbol of social status.
Besides a conference room, fitness centre and spa, the hotel's offering includes Nay, a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Arabian cuisine, and The Clavichord music lounge, playing jazz and live music, and serving international tapas.
For example, the piano resembles its predecessors (like the fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord) in basic function only.
In planning a trip to China in 1601, Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci gathered gifts including a clavichord. At that time, China had many musical instruments and traditions but nothing like the clavichord, explains journalist Sheila Melvin for Caixin: "That's why Ricci chose it, hoping that the unusual instrument would so excite the emperor's curiosity that he would agree to receive Ricci - who could then explain the precepts of Catholicism and, in his wildest dreams, get the emperor to convert, and with him, all of China." The emperor was curious and sent four musicians to Ricci who arranged to teach them four songs.
The piano responds to one's technique, and it produces sounds accordingly, has all the expressiveness of the clavichord and can be louder than the harpsichord, is limited in the amount of sound it can produce and in the responsiveness of its mechanism, and is a percussion instrument and notes tend to sound isolated from one another.