noun Etymology: Italian spinetta, perhaps from diminutive of spina thorn, from Latin; from the manner of plucking its strings Date: 1664 1. an early harpsichord having a single keyboard and only one string for each note 2. a. a compactly built small upright piano b. a small electronic organ

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  • Spinet — Spi net, n. [L. spinetum. See {Spinny}.] A spinny. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • spinet — (n.) 1660s, spinette, small harpsichord, from older Fr. espinette (1520s), from It. spinetta, said by Scaliger to be a diminutive of spina thorn, spine, from L. spina thorn (see SPINE (Cf. spine)), so called because the strings were plucked with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • spinet — [spin′it, spi net′] n. [MFr espinete < It spinetta, said to be after its alleged inventor, G. Spinetti, but prob. < spina, thorn (< L, SPINE): so named from the pointed quills used to strike the strings] 1. an early, small variety of… …   English World dictionary

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