[pee-an-oh, pyan-oh] /piˈæn oʊ, ˈpyæn oʊ/

noun, plural pianos.
a musical instrument in which felt-covered hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike the metal strings.
[pee-ah-noh; Italian pyah-naw] /piˈɑ noʊ; Italian ˈpyɑ nɔ/ Music.
soft; subdued.
Abbreviation: p, p.
noun (pl) -anos
a musical stringed instrument resembling a harp set in a vertical or horizontal frame, played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike the strings and produce audible vibrations See also grand piano, upright piano
adjective, adverb
(music) (to be performed) softly p
/Italian pjˈɑno/
Renzo. born 1937, Italian architect; buildings include the Pompidou Centre, Paris (1977; with Richard Rogers), the Potsdamer Platz redevelopment, Berlin (1998), and The Shard, London (2012)

1803, from French piano (18c.), Italian piano, shortened forms of pianoforte (q.v.). As an adverb, “softly,” in musical directions (superlative pianissimo), attested from 1680s. Piano wire attested from 1831.

A musical direction meaning “to be performed softly”; the opposite of forte. As the name of a musical instrument, it is short for pianoforte.


Spareribs, esp a single section of broiled spareribs: cornbread with a piano on a platter (1940s+ Black)


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