[ klav-i-kawrd ]
/ ˈklæv ɪˌkɔrd /


an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings.

Origin of clavichord

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin clāvichordium, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + chord(a) chord2 + -ium -ium

Related forms

clav·i·chord·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clavichord


/ (ˈklævɪˌkɔːd) /


a keyboard instrument consisting of a number of thin wire strings struck from below by brass tangents. The instrument is noted for its delicate tones, since the tangents do not rebound from the string until the key is released

Derived Forms

clavichordist, noun

Word Origin for clavichord

C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord 1
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