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[awr-kes-truh l] /ɔrˈkɛs trəl/
of, relating to, or resembling an orchestra.
composed for or performed by an orchestra:
orchestral works.
Origin of orchestral
1805-15; orchestr(a) + -al1
Related forms
orchestrally, adverb
nonorchestral, adjective
nonorchestrally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for orchestral

1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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