|the full name for piano|
|[C18: from Italian, originally (gravecembalo col) piano e forte (harpsichord with) soft and loud; see |
The full name of the piano, the common musical instrument with a board of black and white keys, eighty-eight in all. The keys operate hammers that strike wires. Pianoforte is Italian for “soft-loud”; it received this name because its level of loudness depends on how hard the player strikes the keys.