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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A musical instrument consisting of graduated steel plates that are struck by hammers activated by a keyboard.

Usage examples (32)
  • Four keyboard instruments: piano, harmonium, organ and celesta.
  • The program began with the Bartók piece - piano, celesta, and harp center stage with the orchestra divided into two separate ensembles on either side.
  • The symphony, which was clearly the highlight of the evening, involved a small ensemble of 7 strings, winds, percussion, celesta, harpsichord, piano, and four vocalists.
  • The first is especially lovely, with its multilayered string writing, a chiming ­celesta, the chorus breathing syllables, and the harp that ­accompanies the pitcher of... for more
Tutoring comment
  • He is a "cellist" (one who plays the cello), but he also plays the "celesta" (a musical instrument similar to a piano which uses steel plates instead of strings, also spelled "celeste").
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