Definition of castanets in English:

castanets

plural noun

  • Small concave pieces of wood, ivory, or plastic, joined in pairs by a cord and clicked together by the fingers as a rhythmic accompaniment to Spanish dancing.

    • ‘The mic was also nice on wooden percussion - claves, castanets, etc. - and hand claps and finger snaps.’
    • ‘Like the chaconne it originated in Latin America (where it was accompanied by song, castanets, and guitars) and appeared in Spain during the 16th century.’
    • ‘She clicks out a rhythm, simple enough, on her castanets.’
    • ‘The castanets of Spain have clicked seductively through many a French score, and Debussy can manage them as deftly as anyone.’
    • ‘There was another set of timpani, another bass drum, side drums, castanets, two xylophones, and, if I recall correctly, tubular bells as well.’
    • ‘If you like your Spanish guitar music in tight trousers and with castanets clicking, this probably won't be to your taste.’
    • ‘Originally, these were danced to the accompaniment of singing and clapping only, with guitars and castanets added later.’
    • ‘The music is infused with Latin influence but retains mainstream tempo and rhythms - so no castanets but the laid back Spanish attitude of ‘mañana mañana’ is here in spades.’
    • ‘Think of castanets, foot stamping, tambourines and bright silk costumes and you have a picture of the fandango, a sexually provocative, very popular, Spanish dance.’
    • ‘Drumming groups may also include a lively mix of castanets, beaten bells, and even wind instruments.’
    • ‘She had managed to put together castanets with pieces of wood and string, which she need for the dance.’
    • ‘In this showcase of the well known (but little understood) Latin dance form, we learn that flamenco is not just about castanets, señoritas in frilly gowns and fancy footwork.’
    • ‘Other things get a look in too, for example castanets get clicked, fans get fluttered and shawls get twirled as well.’
    • ‘I dream about the colours, the smells, the sounds of castanets and guitars, of old Spanish men singing and women and children laughing and dancing…’
    • ‘If I had said Spanish, you'd have said something like guitar, castanets, bullfights and such.’
    • ‘This should be a subtly sexy piece with flowing movement that acts as a counterpoint to the percussive orchestral castanets.’
    • ‘After the waltz-like opening the track does a quick U-turn into a castanet flavored jig before doing a quick hop on a drum roll that opens the door for a trumpet solo that runs the song out.’
    • ‘Somewhat like castanets, the dancer holds the pieces of bamboo in her hands and clicks them together, thus contributing to the musical quality and overall rhythmic effect of the performance.’
    • ‘Flutes, oboes, bagpipes, castanets, and other instruments hang with sheet music, a jester's staff, and a theatrical mask.’
    • ‘Instruments used in traditional Moroccan music include the tbal, a double-headed drum, and the querqbat, or metal castanets.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castaña, from Latin castanea chestnut.

Pronunciation:

castanets

/ˌkastəˈnɛts/