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klavier

[kluh-veer, klav-ee-er, kley-vee-] /kləˈvɪər, ˈklæv i ər, ˈkleɪ vi-/
noun
1.
clavier2 .

clavier2

or klavier

[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.
Origin of clavier2
1835-1845
1835-45; < German Klavier < French clavier keyboard; see clavier1
Related forms
clavierist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for klavier

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 klavier

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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