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[awr-kes-truh l] /ɔrˈkɛs trəl/
of, relating to, or resembling an orchestra.
composed for or performed by an orchestra:
orchestral works.
Origin of orchestral
First recorded in 1805-15; orchestr(a) + -al1
Related forms
orchestrally, adverb
nonorchestral, adjective
nonorchestrally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then there was an orchestral interval, during which the tables filled.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the orchestral setting it is very brief, and it cannot be done on the piano.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • After Chopin, Thalberg, and Henselt, the orchestral school had its sway—it still has.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • The orchestral colouring is said to be thoroughly exquisite.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • May Fate preserve the orchestral conductor from their co-operation.

    The Orchestral Conductor Hector Berlioz
  • The postlude is orchestral, with the chorus speaking above the music.

  • It is one of the most important of American orchestral works.

  • He will not be content to study his own part only, but will study the orchestral score which accompanies it.

    Style in Singing W. E. Haslam
  • Daniel had just completed an orchestral work which he had entitled “Vineta.”

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
Word Origin and History for orchestral

1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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