- a musical instrument in which felt-covered hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike the metal strings.
Origin of piano1
- soft; subdued.
- softly. Abbreviation: p, p.
Origin of piano2
Related Words for pianoinstrument, keyboard, player, clavier, pianoforte, clavichord, pianola, spinet
Examples from the Web for piano
Contemporary Examples of piano
On piano was legendary session man Billy Preston, who co-wrote and recorded the original version one year before Cocker's.Joe Cocker's Deep Live Cuts
December 22, 2014
When you left the piano for the Fender Rhodes and various synthesizers and came back to it, did it affect the way you play piano?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
It was Littlejohn who drew the iconic image of Snoopy dancing on a piano despite Charles Schulz's protests.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
On the piano is a portrait of Lizzie, and replica skulls of the Bordens are displayed in the dining room.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
He has played the song on the piano at a charity event and sung it for Russian spy Anna Chapman and her colleagues.Fake Snowden Is Russia’s Newest TV Star
October 12, 2014
Historical Examples of piano
He took the song from his pocket, and smoothed it out before her on the piano.Weighed and Wanting
She moved out the day I furnished the rooms upstairs and got the piano.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She sat down at the piano and played a tune that was popular at the time—I do not remember what.My Double Life
The violin and piano are excellent, but on some accounts the hand-organ is the best of all.
But in this hole that we are in, there's no room fitting for my piano.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Word Origin for piano
- music (to be performed) softlySymbol: p
Word Origin for piano
- Renzo. born 1937, Italian architect; buildings include the Pompidou Centre, Paris (1977; with Richard Rogers), the Potsdamer Platz redevelopment, Berlin (1998), and The Shard, London (2012)
1803, from French piano (18c.), Italian piano, shortened forms of pianoforte (q.v.). As an adverb, "softly," in musical directions (superlative pianissimo), attested from 1680s. Piano wire attested from 1831.