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Origin of spinet
Examples from the Web for spinet
I went into the smoking-room and sat down before the spinet.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She sat down at the spinet and played a little madrigal by Orlando Gibbons that was associated with her earliest childhood.
During this time D'Harmental was seated before the spinet, playing his best.The Conspirators|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
This spinet remained one of Verdi's most treasured possessions.Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
Word Origin for spinet
1660s, spinette, "small harpsichord," from older French espinette (1520s), from Italian spinetta, said by Scaliger to be a diminutive of spina "thorn, spine," from Latin spina "thorn" (see spine), so called because the strings were plucked with thorn-like quills. The other theory (favored by OED) dates to early 17c. and claims the word is from the name of the Venetian inventor, Giovanni Spinetti (fl. c.1503).