psaltery "ancient stringed instrument," c.1300, from O.Fr. psalterie (12c.), from L. psalterium "stringed instrument," from Gk. psalterion "stringed instrument," from psallein "play on a stringed instrument, pull, pluck."

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  • Psaltery — Psal ter*y, n.; pl. {Psalteries}. [OE. sautrie, OF. psalterie, F. psalt[ e]rion, L. psalterium psaltery, psalter, from Gr. ?, fr. ?. See {Psalm}, {Psalter}.] A stringed instrument of music used by the Hebrews, the form of which is not known.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • psaltery — [sôl′tər ē] n. pl. psalteries [ME psauterie < OFr sautere, psalterie < L psalterium: see PSALTER] a stringed instrument of the zither family, popular esp. in 12th 15th cent. Europe, having a modified trapezoidal body and a variable number… …   English World dictionary

  • Psaltery — Picture of a psaltery A psaltery is a stringed musical instrument of the harp or the zither family. The psaltery of Ancient Greece[1] (Epigonion) dates from at least 2800 BC, when it was a harp like instrument. Etymologically the word derives… …   Wikipedia

  • psaltery — /sawl teuh ree/, n., pl. psalteries. 1. an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum. 2. (cap.) the Psalter. [125] * * * ▪ musical instrument… …   Universalium

  • psaltery — /ˈsɔltəri/ (say sawltuhree) noun (plural psalteries) an ancient musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings which were plucked with the fingers or struck with a plectrum. {Latin psaltērium, from Greek psaltērion… …  

  • psaltery — also psaltry noun (plural teries; also tries) Etymology: Middle English psalterie, from Anglo French, from Latin psalterium, from Greek psaltērion, from psallein to play on a stringed instrument Date: 14th century an ancient musical instrument… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • psaltery — noun An ancient musical instrument, similar to a dulcimer or a zither, and played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum. And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring… …   Wiktionary

  • Psaltery —    A musical instrument, supposed to have been a kind of lyre, or a harp with twelve strings. The Hebrew word nebhel, so rendered, is translated viol in Isa. 5:12 (R.V., lute ); 14:11. In Dan. 3:5, 7, 10, 15, the word thus rendered is Chaldaic,… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Psaltery — Plucked stringed musical instrument. Cf. Dulcimer …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • psaltery — psal|ter|y [ˈso:ltəri US ˈso:l ] n plural psalteries [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: sauterie, from Latin psalterium; PSALTER] an ancient musical instrument with strings stretched over a board …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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