- the keyboard of a musical instrument.
Origin of clavier1
- any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano.
Origin of clavier2
Examples from the Web for clavier
It was applied first to an instrument called a clavier and later to the organ.How the Piano Came to Be
Ellye Howell Glover
"Writing a concerto for the clavier," answered the small boy.Historic Boyhoods
Rupert Sargent Holland
Herr Gleissner composed twelve songs with clavier accompaniment.The Invention of Lithography
In a corner some musicians discoursed on viols and lutes and a clavier.The Mercenary
W. J. Eccott
We think that when you get your clavier with your Commencement money, we had better get a piano also.Basil Everman
- any keyboard instrument
- the keyboard itself
Word Origin and History for clavier
1708, "keyboard," from French clavier, originally "a key-bearer," from Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)). The French word also is the source of German Klavier, Dutch klavier, Danish klaver, etc. The German word is the direct source of the name of the musical instrument, a sense attested from 1845 in English.