Meaning of celeste in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈlɛst/


short for voix celeste
another term for celesta
‘It's all in his orchestration - not lots of strings and brass but celestes, prepared pianos, very early synthesisers.’
  • ‘String groupings of violins and cellos swell throughout and voice aching, mournful melodies, the piano occasionally joined by a celeste or glockenspiel.’
  • ‘Though the evening was billed as a solo acoustic gig, the stage set-up looked more cluttered than a Radiohead show: six guitars, banjos, drum machines, a piano, Fender Rhodes, celeste and squeeze box.’
  • ‘Chicago's Town and Country are nothing if not unique: they only play acoustic instruments (bass clarinet, celeste and a glass of water are among those listed), never sing a word and perform entirely in the nude.’
  • ‘As the piece progresses, the gentle swell and ebb of harmonium and the pulse of fragmented walking bass seamlessly fades to a Feldman-esque cloud of harmonics from celeste and hand chimes.’
  • ‘Looking at the programme, the more unusual instruments included Alto Flute, Bass Flute, E flat clarinet, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet, contra bassoon, Wagner Tubas, bass trombone, euphonium, pianino, celeste and cymbalom.’
  • ‘The pianist had grand piano, harmonium, honky-tonk piano and celeste, and the percussionist had a range of tuned and untuned percussion.’
  • ‘The lovely title track has a whiff of Ellington in its carefully paced atmospherics, with discreet touches of celeste colouring the long shadows cast by Peplowski's doleful clarinet.’
  • ‘Then I had spot mics on winds, spot mics on timpanis, on the four harps, celeste, horns, percussion and on all these different things that have to come through in that piece.’
  • ‘Riding on an insistent, rockish riff (in seven, you guessed it), it features beautifully agile solos from Dean, Beckett and Skidmore while Tippett's distant celeste adds extra colour.’
  • ‘So that was the deal I agreed to do, and I agreed to do the score and have a musical background, because United Film had a piano, an organ, and a celeste.’
  • ‘Not just the usual keyboards, guitars and mouth harp, but even the celeste gets a look in.’


Late 19th century from French céleste ‘heavenly’, from Latin caelestis, from caelum ‘heaven’.