- any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano.
Origin of clavier2
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His Wohltemperirte Klavier had given us only a hint of all this.Musical Memories
- any keyboard instrument
- the keyboard itself
Word Origin for clavier
Word Origin and History for klavier
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.