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n. - A clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots.

Usage examples (24)
  • The cembalo was the favorite instrument in Italy during the seventeenth century, and in England it had a great currency under the name of harpsichord.
  • And yes, "cembalo" could at the time refer to a fortepiano as well as to other keyboards.
  • Handel played second violin in the orchestra before becoming maestro al cembalo.
  • He had given some thought to the idea of a string quintette with cembalo, he said. for more
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  • This word was used in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.
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