[awr-kes-truh l]


of, relating to, or resembling an orchestra.
composed for or performed by an orchestra: orchestral works.

Origin of orchestral

First recorded in 1805–15; orchestr(a) + -al1
Related formsor·ches·tral·ly, adverbnon·or·ches·tral, adjectivenon·or·ches·tral·ly, adverb
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Related Words for orchestral

concert, instrumental, musical, symphonious, operatic, philharmonic

Examples from the Web for orchestral

Contemporary Examples of orchestral

Historical Examples of orchestral

  • Then there was an orchestral interval, during which the tables filled.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • In the orchestral setting it is very brief, and it cannot be done on the piano.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

  • After Chopin, Thalberg, and Henselt, the orchestral school had its sway—it still has.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • The orchestral colouring is said to be thoroughly exquisite.

  • May Fate preserve the orchestral conductor from their co-operation.

Word Origin and History for orchestral

1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper