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Origin of harpsichord
OTHER WORDS FROM harpsichordharp·si·chord·ist, noun
Words nearby harpsichord
Example sentences from the Web for harpsichord
Sitting up there at that little spindly-legged organ, he looked enormous, bigger than life, like a gorilla at a harpsichord.
Near by was the harpsichord on which she was about to try it, when it seemed to her that a screen beside her trembled.The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
These were imported into England, and to John Haward is due the credit for the idea of pedals for the harpsichord.The Old Furniture Book|N. Hudson Moore
Madam de Broglie complimented me upon my work, and going to her harpsichord proved to me she had already given it some attention.
I was transported with joy when I learned from him he could play an accompaniment on the harpsichord.
She possessed several agreeable talents, played the harpsichord, danced well, and wrote pleasing poetry.
British Dictionary definitions for harpsichord
Derived forms of harpsichordharpsichordist, noun
Word Origin for harpsichord
Cultural definitions for harpsichord
A stringed keyboard instrument much used in the baroque era in music. The keys of a harpsichord move small devices that pluck the strings; the strings are not struck with hammers, as in a piano. Thus, although harpsichords often look much like pianos, their characteristic tinkly sound is unlike that of the piano, and a harpsichordist cannot change the volume of the sound by striking the keys harder, as a pianist can.