Definition of castanets noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

castanets

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkæstəˈnets//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæstəˈnets//
 
[plural] Musical instruments
 
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a musical instrument that consists of two small round pieces of wood that you hold in the hand and hit together with the fingers to make a noise. Castanets are used especially by Spanish dancers. See related entries: Musical instruments Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castaña, from Latin castanea ‘chestnut’.
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