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



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 Originearly 17th cent.: from obsolete French harpechorde, from late Latin harpa ‘harp’ + chorda ‘string’ (the insertion of the letter s being unexplained).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harpsichord