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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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  • Wagner requires for this purpose a special theatre built for himself, and a not ordinary acting and orchestral staff.

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

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The comprehension of orchestral work of the highest character is aided efficiently by this volume.

  • After Chopin, Thalberg, and Henselt, the orchestral school had its sway—it still has.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Several of the younger American women are beginning to make efforts in orchestral work.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • The orchestral colouring is said to be thoroughly exquisite.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • 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
  • May Fate preserve the orchestral conductor from their co-operation.

    The Orchestral Conductor Hector Berlioz
  • Fantasia Concerto, in two movements, for pianoforte, with orchestral accompaniment.

Word Origin and History for orchestral

1811, from orchestra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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