What does harpsichord mean?

Definitions for harpsichord
ˈhɑrp sɪˌkɔrdharp·si·chord

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harpsichord, cembalo(noun)

    a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots


  1. harpsichord(Noun)

    An instrument with a piano-like keyboard, which produces sound by plucking the strings

  2. Origin: harpicordium, from harpa + corda.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harpsichord(noun)

    a harp-shaped instrument of music set horizontally on legs, like the grand piano, with strings of wire, played by the fingers, by means of keys provided with quills, instead of hammers, for striking the strings. It is now superseded by the piano

  2. Origin: [OF. harpechorde, in which the harpe is of German origin. See Harp, and Chord.]


  1. harpsichord

    A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. "Harpsichord" designates the whole family of similar plucked keyboard instruments, including the smaller virginals, muselar, and spinet. The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music. During the late 18th century it gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the fortepiano. But in the 20th century it made a resurgence, used in historically informed performance of older music, in new compositions, and in popular culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harpsichord

    härp′si-kord, n. an old-fashioned keyed musical instrument, where the sound is produced by the twitching of the strings by a piece of crow-quill or hard leather. [O. Fr. harpechorde.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Harpsichord

    An old form of pianoforte, so called because it was a harp encased longitudinally, and its chords were produced by the player on a key or finger board.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harpsichord in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harpsichord in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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