I went into the smoking-room and sat down before the spinet.
Then the order was given, "spinet, be silent," and all was quiet.
Her laugh was sweet and tinkly, like the upper notes of a spinet.
They were ushered to a room with delightfully low, twin beds, delicately shaded light, spinet desk and even a radio.
This spinet remained one of Verdi's most treasured possessions.
Often at night, when all were asleep, he would steal away to the garret and work at the spinet, mastering difficulties one by one.
He learned to play with the strings of his spinet muffled in a handkerchief.
Breathing hard, Groverzb rose and gingerly lifted the spinet's lid.
Marius set the candle on the object nearest to his hand, the spinet.
"They are upstairs, madam," he answered, remaining standing by the spinet.
1660s, spinette, "small harpsichord," from older French espinette (1520s), from Italian spinetta, said by Scaliger to be a diminutive of spina "thorn, spine," from Latin spina "thorn" (see spine), so called because the strings were plucked with thorn-like quills. The other theory (favored by OED) dates to early 17c. and claims the word is from the name of the Venetian inventor, Giovanni Spinetti (fl. c.1503).