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Definition of "clavier" [cla•vi•er]

  • Music A keyboard. (noun)
  • Music A stringed keyboard instrument, such as a harpsichord. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clavier" in a sentence
  • "Teaching is a restless occupation and I would rather neglect clavier playing than composition; the clavier is a side issue, though, thank God, a strong one. ""
  • "Mr. Scriabin's design for the clavier à lumi è re, she says, called for a particular color to be assigned to each note, but in practice if we changed color every time there was a note change that would be much too busy."
  • "While "Mysterium" has baffled subsequent generations, his "Prometheus" for orchestra and clavier à lumi è re — a kind of organ that would project colored lights onto walls — has inspired a succession of performers to realize a vision Mr. Scriabin himself never saw fulfilled."