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



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstrəˈmentl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstrəˈmentl//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1a piece of music (usually popular music) in which only musical instruments are used with no singing See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2(grammar) (in some languages) the form of a noun, pronoun or adjective when it refers to a thing that is used to do something
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via French from medieval Latin instrumentalis, from Latin instrumentum, from the verb instruere, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + struere ‘pile up’.
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