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See also Piano, pianó, piáno, and píanó

English

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Etymology

Short form of pianoforte, from Italian piano (soft) + forte (strong). So named because older keyboard instruments, notably the harpsichord and the clavier, could not produce varied volumes.

Noun

Singular
piano

Plural
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piano ({{{1}}})
  1. (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.

Usage notes

Piano is now the usual term for the musical instrument. Pianoforte is old-fashioned.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

See also

Adjective

piano

  1. (music) Soft. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, {p.}, to indicate lowering the volume of the music. In the pianoforte this is done by pressing the instrument's keys more lightly.

Translations

  • German: piano de(de)
  • Icelandic: veikur m., veik f., veikt n.
    (it is most often used in neuter; i.e. veikt)
    Spilaðu lagið veikt. — Play the song piano.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

piano m.

  1. piano

Esperanto

Noun

piano (plural pianoj, accusative singular pianon, accusative plural pianojn)

  1. piano

Finnish

(index P)

Noun

piano

  1. piano

French

Pronunciation

Noun

piano m. (plural pianos)

  1. piano

Italian

Etymology

Latin planus

Adjective

piano m (f piana, m plural piani, f plural piane)

  1. plane
  2. plain, soft
  3. penultimate accented

Noun

piano m. (plural piani)

  1. plane
  2. floor, storey (British), story (US: of a building)
  3. plan
  4. piano (musical instrument)

Synonyms

Adverb

piano

  1. slowly
  2. carefully

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Japanese

Noun

piano (katakana ピアノ)

  1. piano

Norwegian

Noun

piano n. (definite singular pianoet; indefinite plural pianoer; definite plural pianoa/pianoene)

  1. piano

Portuguese

Adjective

piano

  1. piano.

Noun

piano m.

  1. piano.

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Slovak

Adverb

piano m.
  1. musical directive to play softly

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpja̯.no/

Noun

piano m.

  1. piano

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