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celesta

[suh-les-tuh]
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noun
  1. a musical instrument consisting principally of a set of graduated steel plates struck with hammers that are activated by a keyboard.
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Origin of celesta

1895–1900; < French célesta, for céleste, literally, heavenly (see celestial); the -a for -e makes the name pseudo-Italian
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  • The instrument is called the Celesta Mustel, and costs 1,200 francs.

    The Life &amp; Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky

    Modeste Tchaikovsky


British Dictionary definitions for celesta

celesta

celeste (sɪˈlɛst)

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: from French, Latinized variant of céleste heavenly
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