[ kas-tuh-net ]
/ ˌkæs təˈnɛt /


either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.

Nearby words

  1. castable,
  2. castagno,
  3. castagno, andrea del,
  4. castalia,
  5. castaneda,
  6. castanets,
  7. castaway,
  8. caste,
  9. caste mark,
  10. caste system

Origin of castanet

1640–50; < Spanish castañeta, equivalent to castañ(a) chestnut (< Latin castanea) + -eta diminutive suffix; see -et, -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for castanets


/ (ˌkæstəˈnɛts) /

pl n

curved pieces of hollow wood, usually held between the fingers and thumb and made to click together: used esp by Spanish dancers

Word Origin for castanets

C17 castanet, from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castaña chestnut

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Word Origin and History for castanets



usually castanets, 1640s, from French castagnette or directly from Spanish castañeta diminutive of castaña "chestnut," from Latin castanea (see chestnut).

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