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

 

harpsichord

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːpsɪkɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrpsɪkɔːrd//
 
Musical instruments
 
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an early type of musical instrument similar to a piano, but with strings that are plucked (= pulled), not hit See related entries: Musical instruments Word Origin early 17th cent.: from obsolete French harpechorde, from late Latin harpa ‘harp’ + chorda ‘string’ (the insertion of the letter s being unexplained).
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