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 it can be regulated for length and volume by two or three pedals.

    • ‘She's also a musician herself, having taken piano lessons since she was eight.’
    • ‘The Steinway piano is in place, and the announcements are about to begin.’
    • ‘Stanley had a great love of music and played a baby grand piano.’
    • ‘Which means, when following daily routines, it's time to practice piano.’
    • ‘He additionally studied piano for eleven years and saxophone for five.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upright pianos usually are smaller, with a square top, and just fit up against the wall.’
    • ‘There's an upright piano in the living room.’
    • ‘The girl next door had been playing her grand piano for the past two days.’
    • ‘I like to use pianos and strings and brass as I feel that they are the most precious instruments to use.’
    • ‘"My earliest musical memory is of starting to learn piano at the age of about five.’
    • ‘They are regular pianos with real strings and keys but they are driven by digital pitch information from a computer.’
    • ‘Charlotte not only teaches piano, but also voice, recorder, clarinet, flute and bassoon.’
    • ‘I am playing Bach on the upright piano in the living room.’
    • ‘From classical piano at an early age, her interests developed through studies in Celtic Harp and percussion.’
    • ‘The opus 39 Waltzes began as a work for solo piano.’
    • ‘His cello and piano Sonata is full of endless quips and surprises.’
    • ‘He would like to be able to teach piano at some time in the future.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

piano

/pēˈanō/

Main definitions of piano in English

: piano1piano2

piano2

adjective & adverb

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

noun

Music
  • A passage marked to be performed softly.

    • ‘Notice the sudden piano after the crescendo.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Italian, literally soft.

Pronunciation:

piano

/pēˈanō/