Definition of clavier in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈklavɪə//kləˈvɪə/


  • A keyboard instrument.

    • ‘An extraordinary artist on the clavier and organ, his dexterity is amazing.’
    • ‘Though he received lessons in academic subjects and singing, violin, and clavier, he received little instruction in composition.’
    • ‘Look more closely and you might just recognise the features of the red-coated boy who sits at a portable clavier.’
    • ‘In addition there is a large body of secular work for diverse instrumental forces, such as the Brandenburg Concertos, orchestral suites, violin and clavier concertos, etc.’
    • ‘Papa told me that we're going to take a trip soon, not so very far away, and I'll sing and play the clavier for important people.’


Early 18th century: from German Klavier, from French clavier, from medieval Latin claviarius key-bearer, from Latin clavis key.