Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

What is the origin of "February"?

orchestral

[awr-kes-truh l] /ɔrˈkɛs trəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling an orchestra.
2.
composed for or performed by an orchestra:
orchestral works.
Origin of orchestral
1805-1815
1805-15; orchestr(a) + -al1
Related forms
orchestrally, adverb
nonorchestral, adjective
nonorchestrally, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for orchestral
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Wagner requires for this purpose a special theatre built for himself, and a not ordinary acting and orchestral staff.

  • May Fate preserve the orchestral conductor from their co-operation.

    The Orchestral Conductor Hector Berlioz
  • The comprehension of orchestral work of the highest character is aided efficiently by this volume.

  • Then there was an orchestral interval, during which the tables filled.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Several of the younger American women are beginning to make efforts in orchestral work.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • After Chopin, Thalberg, and Henselt, the orchestral school had its sway—it still has.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • But if the grand opera procured him no pleasure he was compensated by the orchestral performances at the Conservatoire de Musique.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • The orchestral colouring is said to be thoroughly exquisite.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • Fantasia Concerto, in two movements, for pianoforte, with orchestral accompaniment.

Word Origin and History for orchestral
adj.

1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for orchestral

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for orchestral

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for orchestral