- either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.
Origin of castanet
Examples from the Web for castanets
Historical Examples of castanets
Furious blasts clutched at the windows, and rattled them like castanets.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
She hummed a tune to herself, rattling a pair of castanets slightly now and then.Within the Tides
My teeth chattered like castanets, jarring in my jaws until it was painful.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I expected to hear your teeth chattering together like castanets.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
She was to warn them with her castanets the instant she caught sight of the patrol.Carmen
- 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
usually castanets, 1640s, from French castagnette or directly from Spanish castañeta diminutive of castaña "chestnut," from Latin castanea (see chestnut).