from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, compact upright piano.
- n. A small, compact upright electronic organ.
- n. A small harpsichord with a single keyboard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short, compact harpsichord or piano.
- n. A spinney.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A keyed instrument of music resembling a harpsichord, but smaller, with one string of brass or steel wire to each note, sounded by means of leather or quill plectrums or jacks. It was formerly much used.
- n. A spinny.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small wood or place where briers and thorns grow; a spinney.
- n. A musical instrument essentially similar to the harpsichord, but of smaller size and much lighter tone. Also called virginal and couched harp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small and compactly built upright piano
- n. early model harpsichord with only one string per note
Obsolete French espinette, from Italian spinetta, perhaps diminutive of spīna, thorn (presumably so called because the strings of the original instrument were plucked with quills); see spinel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian spinetta. (Wiktionary)
Latin spinetum. (Wiktionary)