- an early, small variety of harpsichord with a single keyboard
- a small upright piano of relatively low height
- a small electronic organ of similar design
Origin of spinetMiddle French espinete from Italian spinetta, said to be after its alleged inventor, G. Spinetti, but probably from spina, thorn ( from L, spine): so named from the pointed quills used to pluck the strings
- a. A small, compact upright piano.b. A small, compact upright electronic organ.
- A small harpsichord with a single keyboard.
Origin of spinetObsolete French espinette from Italian spinetta perhaps diminutive of spīna thorn (presumably so called because the strings of the original instrument were plucked with quills) ; see spinel .
From Italian spinetta.
- (obsolete) A spinney.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.