• synonyms


noun, plural clav·i·cem·ba·li [klav-i-chem-buh-lee] /ˌklæv ɪˈtʃɛm bəˌli/.
  1. a harpsichord.
Show More

Origin of clavicembalo

1730–40; < Italian < Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + cymbalum cymbal
Related formsclav·i·cem·bal·ist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for clavicembalo

Historical Examples of clavicembalo

  • This instrument was probably an upright harpsichord or clavicembalo.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4


  • The orchestra consisted of one lira doppia, one clavicembalo, one chitarrone and two flutes.

  • Meanwhile the pianoforte of the day, the clavicembalo, as the Italians called it, had been considerably improved.

  • This was the origin of the harpsichord, the name by which the clavicembalo soon became more generally known.

British Dictionary definitions for clavicembalo


noun plural -los
  1. another name for harpsichord
Show More

Word Origin for clavicembalo

C18: from Italian, from Medieval Latin clāvis key + cymbalum cymbal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012