Definition of clavier in English:


Pronunciation /kləˈvir/ /kləˈvɪr/


  • A keyboard instrument, especially one with strings, such as the harpsichord.

    ‘Look more closely and you might just recognise the features of the red-coated boy who sits at a portable clavier.’
    • ‘An extraordinary artist on the clavier and organ, his dexterity is amazing.’
    • ‘Though he received lessons in academic subjects and singing, violin, and clavier, he received little instruction in composition.’
    • ‘In addition there is a large body of secular work for diverse instrumental forces, such as the Brandenburg Concertos, orchestral suites, violin and clavier concertos, etc.’
    • ‘Papa told me that we're going to take a trip soon, not so very far away, and I'll sing and play the clavier for important people.’


Early 18th century from German Klavier, from French clavier, from medieval Latin claviarius ‘key bearer’, from Latin clavis ‘key’.