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 (fôr′tā-pē-ăn′ō, -ä′nō)
n. pl. for·te·pi·an·os
Any of various precursors to the modern piano.

[Italian, variant of pianoforte; see pianoforte.]


(Instruments) an early type of piano popular in the late 18th century
[from Italian, loud-soft]


(ˌfɔr teɪ piˈɑ noʊ, -ˈpyɑ-)

adj., adv. Music.
loud and immediately soft.
[1760–70; < Italian: loud-soft]


(ˌfɔr tə piˈɑ noʊ, -ˈpyɑ-)

n., pl. -nos.
an early form of the grand piano having less volume and resonance than a modern grand but greater clarity.
[1760–70; early variant of pianoforte]
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