Etymology
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clavier (n.)

1708, "keyboard of a pianoforte, organ, etc.," from French clavier, originally "a key-bearer," from Latin clavis "key" (from PIE root *klau- "hook"). The French word also is the source of German Klavier, Dutch klavier, Danish klaver, etc. The German word was used generally of keyboard instruments with strings, and is the source of the English use of the word for "a clavichord, a harpsichord, a pianoforte, an organ," attested from 1845.

updated on December 19, 2017

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Definitions of clavier from WordNet

clavier (n.)
a bank of keys on a musical instrument;
Synonyms: piano keyboard / fingerboard
clavier (n.)
a stringed instrument that has a keyboard;
Synonyms: Klavier
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