noun, plural psal·ter·ies.
Origin of psaltery
Examples from the Web for psaltery
Historical Examples of psaltery
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Here are the trumpets, the harp, the psaltery, and the timbrel.Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century
Estelle M. Hurll
This was the psaltery and the dulcimer of the Assyrians and the Hebrews.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
The Hebrew psaltery is supposed to have been a variety of the dulcimer.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Mersennus (b. 1588) also identifies the Psaltery with the Dulcimer.Shakespeare and Music
Edward W. Naylor
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for psaltery
"ancient stringed instrument," c.1300, from Old French psalterie (12c.), from Latin psalterium "stringed instrument," from Greek psalterion "stringed instrument," from psallein "play on a stringed instrument, pull, pluck" (see psalm).