Castanets



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 see her dance, only there were no castanets to be had.
Carmen Prosper Merimee

When the patrol boat brought them on board, their teeth rattled like castanets.
Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow

She was to warn them with her castanets the instant she caught sight of the patrol.
Carmen Prosper Merimee

While he was dressing his teeth chattered like castanets in a minstrel show.
The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower

The sound of the castanets seemed to make her alive all over.
Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

My teeth chattered like castanets, jarring in my jaws until it was painful.
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

And thereupon, he hurled his cap at the wall, and snapped his fingers like castanets.
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo

Won’t you come and hear me play the castanets, if Monsieur Enguerrand can spare you?
Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon

Furious blasts clutched at the windows, and rattled them like castanets.
The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards

plural noun
curved pieces of hollow wood, usually held between the fingers and thumb and made to click together: used esp by Spanish dancers
n.

usually castanets, 1640s, from French castagnette or directly from Spanish castañeta diminutive of castaña “chestnut,” from Latin castanea (see chestnut).

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