klavier [kl uh- veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee-] EXAMPLES | clavier 2 or kla·vier [kl uh- veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee-] noun any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano. Origin of clavier 2 1835–45;
clavier 1 Related forms cla·vier·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for klavier Historical Examples of klavier British Dictionary definitions for klavier noun any keyboard instrument the keyboard itself Word Origin for clavier
C18: from French: keyboard, from Old French (in the sense: key bearer), from Latin
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Word Origin and History for klavier n.
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.
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