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definition of the word piano

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Short form of pianoforte, from Italian piano (soft) + forte (strong). So named because older keyboard instruments, notably the harpsichord and the clavier, could not produce varied volumes.

Singular
piano

Plural
pianos

piano (plural pianos)

  1. (music) A keyboard musical instrument, usually ranging over seven octaves, with white and black keys, played by pressing these keys, causing hammers to strike strings.

Piano is now the usual term for the musical instrument. Pianoforte is old-fashioned.


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