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clavier1

[kluh-veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee-] /kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-/
noun
1.
the keyboard of a musical instrument.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French: keyboard, in Old French, keyholder, equivalent to Latin clāvi(s) key + -ier -ier2

clavier2

[kluh-veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee-] /kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-/
noun
1.
any musical instrument having a keyboard, especially a stringed keyboard instrument, as a harpsichord, clavichord, or piano.
Also, klavier.
Origin
1835-45; < German Klavier < French clavier keyboard; see clavier1
Related forms
clavierist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clavier

clavier

/kləˈvɪə; ˈklævɪə/
noun
1.
  1. any keyboard instrument
  2. the keyboard itself
Word Origin
C18: from French: keyboard, from Old French (in the sense: key bearer), from Latin clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for clavier
n.

1708, "keyboard," from French clavier, originally "a key-bearer," from Latin clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)). The French word also is the source of German Klavier, Dutch klavier, Danish klaver, etc. The German word is the direct source of the name of the musical instrument, a sense attested from 1845 in English.

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Encyclopedia Article for clavier

any stringed keyboard musical instrument in Germany from the late 17th century. The harpsichord, the clavichord, and, later, the piano bore the name.

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