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



    BrE BrE//spɪˈnet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɪnət//
    Musical instruments
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  1. 1a kind of harpsichord (= an early type of musical instrument), played like a piano See related entries: Musical instruments
  2. 2spinet piano/organ (US English) a small piano/electronic organ See related entries: Musical instruments
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: shortening of obsolete French espinette, from Italian spinetta ‘virginal, spinet’, diminutive of spina ‘thorn’, the strings being plucked by quills.
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