Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early keyboard instrument with a soft sound produced by small brass wedges striking horizontal strings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A keyed stringed instrument, now superseded by the pianoforte. See clarichord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument invented in the middle ages, and in general use, especially in Germany, until displaced by the square pianoforte at the end of the eighteenth century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound

Etymologies

Middle English clavicord, from Medieval Latin clāvichordium : Latin clāvis, key + Latin chorda, string; see cord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Klavichord, from Renaissance Latin clavichordium, from clāvis ("key") + chord, string. (Wiktionary)

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