clavier

[ kluh-veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee- ]
/ kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi- /

noun

the keyboard of a musical instrument.
Also kla·vier . any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano.

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Origin of clavier

First recorded in 1700–10, and in 1835–45 for def. 2; from French: literally, “keyboard,” in Old French “keyholder,” equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) “key” + -ier noun suffix; def. 2 is from German Klavier, in turn from French as above see -ier2

OTHER WORDS FROM clavier

cla·vier·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clavier

clavier
/ (kləˈvɪə, ˈklævɪə) /

noun

  1. any keyboard instrument
  2. the keyboard itself

Word Origin for clavier

C18: from French: keyboard, from Old French (in the sense: key bearer), from Latin clāvis key
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