- a harpsichord.
Origin of clavicembalo
1730–40; < Italian < Medieval Latin clāvicymbalum, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + cymbalum cymbal
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Examples from the Web for clavicembalo
This instrument was probably an upright harpsichord or clavicembalo.
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.How to Appreciate Music
- another name for harpsichord
C18: from Italian, from Medieval Latin clāvis key + cymbalum cymbal