castanets

cas|ta|nets [ˌkæstəˈnets] n [plural]
a musical instrument made of two small round pieces of wood or plastic that you hold in one hand and knock together, used especially by Spanish dancers

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • castanets — [kas΄tə nets′] pl.n. 〚Fr castagnette (sing.) < Sp castañeta, dim. of castaña < L castanea, CHESTNUT: so named from the shape〛 a pair of small, hollowed pieces of hard wood, ivory, etc., held in the hand by a connecting cord and clicked together… …   Universalium

  • Castanets — Cas ta*nets, n. pl. [F. castagnettes, Sp. casta[ n]etas, fr. L. castanea (Sp. casta[ n]a) a chestnut. So named from the resemblance to two chestnuts, or because chestnuts were first used for castanets. See {Chestnut}.] Two small, concave shells… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castanets — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a pair of small concave pieces of wood, ivory, or plastic, clicked together by the fingers as an accompaniment to Spanish dancing. ORIGIN Spanish castañeta little chestnut …   English terms dictionary

  • castanets — [kas΄tə nets′] pl.n. [Fr castagnette (sing.) < Sp castañeta, dim. of castaña < L castanea, CHESTNUT: so named from the shape] a pair of small, hollowed pieces of hard wood, ivory, etc., held in the hand by a connecting cord and clicked… …   English World dictionary

  • castanets — [[t]kæ̱stəne̱ts[/t]] N PLURAL: also a pair of N Castanets are a Spanish musical instrument consisting of two small round pieces of wood or plastic held together by a cord. You hold the castanets in your hand and knock the pieces together with… …   English dictionary

  • castanets — castanetas, castanuelas исп. [кастанье/тас], [кастаньюэ/лас] castagnettes фр. [кастанье/т] castagnetti ит. [кастанье/тти] castanets англ. [кастэнэ/тс] кастаньеты …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • castanets — noun /ˌkæs.tə.ˈnɛts/ A percussion instrument (idiophone) consisting of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string, held in the hand and used to produce clicking sounds …   Wiktionary

  • castanets — Synonyms and related words: battery, bells, bones, celesta, chime, chimes, clappers, crash cymbal, cymbals, finger cymbals, gamelan, glockenspiel, gong, handbells, idiophone, lyra, maraca, marimba, metallophone, orchestral bells, percussion,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • castanets — cas|ta|nets [ ,kæstə nets ] noun plural a Spanish musical instrument consisting of a pair of small round pieces of wood or plastic held in one hand and brought together quickly to make a CLICKING sound, used especially by dancers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • castanets — n. small hand held percussion instruments cas·ta·net || ‚kæstÉ™ net n. small hand held percussion instrument …   English contemporary dictionary

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