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



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 Originearly 17th cent.: from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castaña, from Latin castanea ‘chestnut’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: castanets