pianoforte

[ pee-an-uh-fawrt, -fohrt; pee-an-uh-fawr-tee, -tey, -fohr- ]
/ piˈæn əˌfɔrt, -ˌfoʊrt; piˌæn əˈfɔr ti, -teɪ, -ˈfoʊr- /

noun

a piano.

Nearby words

  1. piano roll,
  2. piano stool,
  3. piano trio,
  4. piano tuner,
  5. piano wire,
  6. pianola,
  7. piarist,
  8. pias.,
  9. piassava,
  10. piaster

Origin of pianoforte

1760–70; < Italian (gravecembalo col) piano e forte literally, (harpsicord with) soft and loud, equivalent to piano soft (see piano2) + forte loud (see forte2)

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British Dictionary definitions for pianoforte

pianoforte

/ (pɪˈænəʊˈfɔːtɪ) /

noun

the full name for piano 1

Word Origin for pianoforte

C18: from Italian, originally (gravecembalo col) piano e forte (harpsichord with) soft and loud; see piano ², forte ²

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Word Origin and History for pianoforte

pianoforte

n.

1767, from Italian, from piano e forte "soft and loud," in full, gravicembalo col piano e forte "harpsichord with soft and loud" (c.1710), said to have been so named by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua because the ability via dampers to vary the tone is one of the main changes from the harpsichord. Italian piano (adj.) ultimately is from Latin planus "flat, smooth, even," later "soft" (see plane (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for pianoforte

pianoforte

[ (pee-an-uh-fawrt, pee-an-uh-fawr-tay) ]

The full name of the piano, the common musical instrument with a board of black and white keys, eighty-eight in all. The keys operate hammers that strike wires. Pianoforte is Italian for “soft-loud”; it received this name because its level of loudness depends on how hard the player strikes the keys.

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