A pair of small, hollowed pieces of hard wood, ivory, etc., held in the hand by a connecting cord and clicked together with the fingers to beat time to music, esp. in Spanish dances.
A percussion instrument (idiophone) consisting of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string, held in the hand and used to produce clicking sounds.
Castanets Sentence Examples
Now where's that woman who played the castanets?
They may have been represented or impersonated by priests in her rites as Attis was, but they were also, like him, not actual priests in the first instance, but objects of worship in which a frenzied dance, with accompaniment of flute music, the beating of tambourines, the clashing of cymbals and castanets, wild cries and self-infliction of wounds - the whole culminating in a state of ecstasy and exhaustion - were the most prominent features.
However, many of these steps are given their own particularly Philippine style - for example, instead of Spanish castanets, bamboo castanets were invented.
In Spain, traditional dance music, called Flamenco, consists of elaborate strums of the guitar, accompanied by claps, castanets and stamping heels.