either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.
And now the trio was a trio of castanet smacks and cymbal claps.
Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
I turned to Scipio, standing by the low-boy, his teeth, going like a castanet.
Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
That vulgar girl is singing the castanet song in the second act at this moment.
The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins
The kettle drum and the castanet were in common use among them, and pictures of girls playing on the lute are not infrequent.
Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
My teeth were actually chattering in my head, with a castanet accompaniment to my discomfort.
Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
The castanet player does not sing; but his four colleagues have good voices, and, in glees, harmonize charmingly.
Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria’s Reign John Ashton
There again was castanet, a partisan leader in a voluminous peruke and with a taste for controversial divinity.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Robert Louis Stevenson
Where the two were missing he carried the stem of his pipe, and when he talked the stem clicked, like a castanet.
The Courage of Marge O’Doone James Oliver Curwood
He shook the door by the iron handle until the latch clattered like a castanet: there was no sound from within.
Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
One hundred inferior maxillaries began to castanet away like mad.
H. R. Edwin Lefevre
usually castanets, 1640s, from French castagnette or directly from Spanish castañeta diminutive of castaña “chestnut,” from Latin castanea (see chestnut).
either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing. Historical Examples But Juan had given her money, for which she had promised to bring him the castanets. The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis I told her I should have liked to […]
(in India) a mark, usually on the forehead, symbolizing and identifying caste membership. a distinctive trait, associated with a group or class and marking a person as a member. Historical Examples On top of his head was an oblong of bare-shaven skull—some caste-mark apparently. Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren This is their caste-mark, the […]
a person or thing that casts. a small wheel on a swivel, set under a piece of furniture, a machine, etc., to facilitate moving it. a bottle or cruet for holding a condiment. a stand containing a set of such bottles. a metal container for sugar, pepper, etc., having a perforated top to permit sprinkling; […]
the rigid Hindu system of hereditary social distinctions based on castes. Historical Examples Nevertheless, it contains the great text on the caste-system, the fulcrum of priestly pre-eminence. The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies Robert Gordon Latham The caste-system did not exist in Mexico but it was a custom, usually observed, for the son […]