Etymology
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pianoforte (n.)

1767, from Italian, from piano e forte "soft and loud," in full, gravicembalo col piano e forte "harpsichord with soft and loud" (c. 1710), said to have been so named by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua because the ability via dampers to vary the tone is one of the main changes from the harpsichord. Italian piano (adj.) ultimately is from Latin planus "flat, smooth, even," later "soft" (from PIE root *pele- (2) "flat; to spread"). Also fortepiano.

updated on May 30, 2020

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Definitions of pianoforte from WordNet

pianoforte (n.)
a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds;
Synonyms: piano / forte-piano
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