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 EnglishRelated formsclav·i·chord·ist, noun
< Medieval Latin clāvichordium,
equivalent to Latin clāvi(s
) key + chord(a
+ -ium -ium
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Examples from the Web for clavichord
Historical Examples of clavichord
At a later period the clavichord was copied by the Germans and Belgians.
Mishka had opened the clavichord and was strumming on it with one finger.
We remained there the whole day, and I played on the organ and a clavichord.
This subsequently became the action of the German clavichord.
The clavichord was always built in oblong shape, like our square piano.
British Dictionary definitions for clavichord
Derived Formsclavichordist, noun
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
Word Origin for clavichord
C15: from Medieval Latin clāvichordium, from Latin clāvis key + chorda string, chord 1
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Word Origin and History for clavichord
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin clavicordium (15c.), from Latin clavis "a key" (see slot (n.2)) + chorda "a string" (see cord).
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