clavier

1
[ kluh-veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee- ]
/ kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi- /

noun

the keyboard of a musical instrument.

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Origin of clavier

1
1700–10; < French: keyboard, in Old French, keyholder, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + -ier -ier2

Definition for clavier (2 of 2)

clavier2

or kla·vier

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

noun

any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano.

Origin of clavier

2
1835–45; < German Klavier < French clavier keyboard; see clavier1

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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