piano[pē ä′nō, -an′ō]
- 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.
A black grand piano.
Origin of pianoItalian soft, smooth ; from Classical Latin planus, smooth, plane
Origin of pianoItalian contr. ; from pianoforte
Origin of pianoItalian, short for pianoforte; see pianoforte.
top: upright piano
bottom: grand piano
& adj.Abbr. p
Origin of pianoItalian, from Late Latin plānus, smooth, graceful, from Latin, flat; see pel&schwa;-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)
Short form of pianoforte, from Italian piano (â€œsoftâ€) + forte (â€œstrongâ€). So named because older keyboard instruments, notably the harpsichord and the clavier, could not produce varied volumes.