Main definitions of piano in English

: piano1piano2

piano1

noun

  • A large keyboard musical instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by hammers when the keys are depressed. The strings' vibration is stopped by dampers when the keys are released and can be regulated for length and volume by two or three pedals.

    • ‘Stanley had a great love of music and played a baby grand piano.’
    • ‘I like to use pianos and strings and brass as I feel that they are the most precious instruments to use.’
    • ‘He additionally studied piano for eleven years and saxophone for five.’
    • ‘His cello and piano Sonata is full of endless quips and surprises.’
    • ‘They are regular pianos with real strings and keys but they are driven by digital pitch information from a computer.’
    • ‘I studied classical ballet for about ten years, and I also studied classical piano for about ten years.’
    • ‘Although I studied piano for many years I never really became a player.’
    • ‘Watching that player piano inspired me to overcome my reticence and take lessons.’
    • ‘There's an upright piano in the living room.’
    • ‘Upright pianos usually are smaller, with a square top, and just fit up against the wall.’
    • ‘"My earliest musical memory is of starting to learn piano at the age of about five.’
    • ‘She's also a musician herself, having taken piano lessons since she was eight.’
    • ‘From classical piano at an early age, her interests developed through studies in Celtic Harp and percussion.’
    • ‘The Steinway piano is in place, and the announcements are about to begin.’
    • ‘Charlotte not only teaches piano, but also voice, recorder, clarinet, flute and bassoon.’
    • ‘The opus 39 Waltzes began as a work for solo piano.’
    • ‘Which means, when following daily routines, it's time to practice piano.’
    • ‘I am playing Bach on the upright piano in the living room.’
    • ‘He would like to be able to teach piano at some time in the future.’
    • ‘The girl next door had been playing her grand piano for the past two days.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Italian, abbreviation of pianoforte.

Pronunciation

piano

/pɪˈanəʊ/

Main definitions of piano in English

: piano1piano2

piano2

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) soft or softly.

    • ‘Play the piece without regard to dynamic changes; that is, play it piano.’
    • ‘The sound climbs to a level it maintains until the final moment when subito, or sudden piano, returns.’
    • ‘Dynamics tend to be confined between forte and piano.’

noun

Music
  • A passage performed or marked to be performed softly.

    • ‘Her sudden piano followed by an immediate crescendo (surely a party piece!) was one of several delights delivered with real personality.’
    • ‘There is a crescendo, a sudden piano, a diminuendo and quiet ending in D.’
    • ‘Notice the sudden piano after the crescendo.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘soft’.

Pronunciation

piano

/ˈpjɑːnəʊ/