- an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum.
- (initial capital letter) the Psalter.
Origin of psaltery
Examples from the Web for psaltery
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Here are the trumpets, the harp, the psaltery, and the timbrel.Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century
Estelle M. Hurll
This was the psaltery and the dulcimer of the Assyrians and the Hebrews.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
The Hebrew psaltery is supposed to have been a variety of the dulcimer.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Mersennus (b. 1588) also identifies the Psaltery with the Dulcimer.Shakespeare and Music
Edward W. Naylor
- music an ancient stringed instrument similar to the lyre, but having a trapezoidal sounding board over which the strings are stretched
Word Origin and History for psaltery
"ancient stringed instrument," c.1300, from Old French psalterie (12c.), from Latin psalterium "stringed instrument," from Greek psalterion "stringed instrument," from psallein "play on a stringed instrument, pull, pluck" (see psalm).