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Meaning of SPINET

Pronunciation:  spi'net

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  early model harpsichord with only one string per note
  2. [n]  small and compactly built upright piano

SPINET is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: cembalo, harpsichord, upright, upright piano



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spin"et\, n. [OF. espinete, F. ['e]pinette (cf. It.
    spinetta), fr. L. spina a thorn; -- so called because its
    quills resemble thorns. See {Spine}.] (Mus.)
    A keyed instrument of music resembling a harpsichord, but
    smaller, with one string of brass or steel wire to each note,
    sounded by means of leather or quill plectrums or jacks. It
    was formerly much used.
    {Dumb spinet}. (Mus.) See {Manichordon}.
  2. \Spi"net\, n. [L. spinetum. See {Spinny}.]
    A spinny. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.