spinet

[ spin-it ]
/ ˈspɪn ɪt /

noun

a small upright piano.
a small, square piano.
any of various small harpsichords.
Also called spinet organ. a small electric organ.

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Origin of spinet

1655–65; aphetic variant of obsolete espinette < French < Italian spinetta, probably equivalent to spin(a) thorn (see spine) + -etta diminutive suffix; the existence of an instrument-maker named Spinetti is unverified
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British Dictionary definitions for spinet

spinet
/ (spɪˈnɛt, ˈspɪnɪt) /

noun

a small type of harpsichord having one manual

Word Origin for spinet

C17: from Italian spinetta, perhaps from Giovanni Spinetti, 16th-century Italian maker of musical instruments and its supposed inventor
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