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cembalo

[chem-buh-loh]
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noun, plural cem·ba·li [chem-buh-lee] /ˈtʃɛm bəˌli/, cem·ba·los. Music.
  1. harpsichord.
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Origin of cembalo

1795–1805; < Italian (clavi)cembalo < Latin cymbalum cymbal
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Examples from the Web for cembalo

Historical Examples

  • It was performed on the organ, or cembalo or regal, according to circumstances.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • Of his compositions there remain four suites for orchestra, some small pieces for cembalo and some chorale arrangements.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • Amongst his compositions are six Bible sonatas, representing scenes from Scripture on the cembalo.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • A name given to sets of variations for organ or cembalo, and appropriated from the town pipers.

    Bach

    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • The essential distinction between the cembalo and the spinet was in the manner of tone production.


British Dictionary definitions for cembalo

cembalo

noun plural -li (-lɪ) or -los
  1. another word for harpsichord
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Derived Formscembalist, noun

Word Origin

C19: shortened from clavicembalo
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