[awr-kes-truh l]


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

Nearby words

  1. orchardist,
  2. orchardman,
  3. orchectomy,
  4. orchestra,
  5. orchestra pit,
  6. orchestrate,
  7. orchestration,
  8. orchestrina,
  9. orchestrion,
  10. orchi-

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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Word Origin and History for orchestral



1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

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