A black grand piano.
- Piano is defined as the sound level when music is played softly.
An example of a piece that would be described as being played "piano" is a musical piece that is played very quietly.
- The definition of a piano is a large keyboard instrument with keys that strike wires which are stretched a metal frame inside a wooden case, or a piece of music that is written to be performed with a soft volume.
An example of a piano is a large instrument that you play by pressing black and white keys that cause hammers to hit wires to produce sound.
Origin of pianoIt, soft, smooth from Classical Latin planus, smooth, plane
Origin of pianoIt, contr. from pianoforte
Origin of pianoItalian short for pianoforte ; see pianoforte .
top: upright piano
bottom: grand piano
Origin of pianoItalian from Late Latin plānus smooth, graceful from Latin flat ; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(plural pianos or piani)
- (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.
- The piano in his house takes up a lot of space.
- She has been taking lessons for many years and now plays piano very well.
- He can play "Happy Birthday" on the piano.
- Most of the works by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin are for the piano.
(comparative more piano, superlative most piano)