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Meaning of "castanets" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CASTANETS

Castanet, from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castañachestnut.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CASTANETS

castanets  [ˌkæstəˈnɛts] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CASTANETS

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adjective
verb
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pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Castanets is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CASTANETS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

castanets

Castanets

Castanets are a percussion instrument, used in Kalo, Moorish, Ottoman, ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Sephardic, Swiss, and Portuguese music. The instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. They are traditionally made of hardwood, although fibreglass is becoming increasingly popular. In practice a player usually uses two pairs of castanets. One pair is held in each hand, with the string hooked over the thumb and the castanets resting on the palm with the fingers bent over to support the other side. Each pair will make a sound of a slightly different pitch. The origins of the instrument are not known. The practice of clicking hand-held sticks together to accompany dancing is ancient, and was practised by both the Greeks and the Egyptians. In more modern times, the bones and spoons used in Minstrel show and jug band music can also be considered forms of the castanet. During the baroque period, castanets were featured prominently in dances.

Definition of castanets in the English dictionary

The definition of castanets in the dictionary is curved pieces of hollow wood, usually held between the fingers and thumb and made to click together: used esp by Spanish dancers.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CASTANETS


assets
ˈæsɛts
chervonets
tʃəˈvɔːnɛts
Getz
ɡɛts
let´s
lɛts
LETS
lɛts
Metz
mɛts
Odets
əʊˈdɛts
pantalets
ˌpæntəˈlɛts
pantalettes
ˌpæntəˈlɛts
regrets
rɪˈɡrɛts
rillettes
rɪˈlɛts
salopettes
ˌsæləˈpɛts
solonets
ˌsɒləˈnɛts
solonetz
ˌsɒləˈnɛts
sweats
swɛts
Tourette´s
tʊəˈrɛts

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CASTANETS

cast out
cast steel
cast stone
cast up
cast-iron
cast-off
castability
castable
Castalia
Castalian
castanospermine
castaway
caste
caste mark
caste system
casted
casteism
casteless
Castellammare di Stabia
castellan

WORDS THAT END LIKE CASTANETS

bracelets
chicken nuggets
current assets
Donets
entremets
fixed assets
intangible assets
Kuznets
Major Prophets
Minor Prophets
new planets
on the streets
Prophets
rackets
Soviets
tickets
Tower Hamlets
triplets
walk the streets
woman of the streets

Synonyms and antonyms of castanets in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «castanets» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CASTANETS

Find out the translation of castanets to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of castanets from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «castanets» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

响板
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

castañuelas
570 millions of speakers

English

castanets
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कैस्टनीटस
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صنجات
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кастаньеты
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

castanholas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

করতালবিশেষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

castagnettes
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Castanets
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kastagnetten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

カスタネット
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

캐스터네츠
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Castanets
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

vật dùng để gỏ nhịp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிளாஸ்டிக் castanets
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कास्टनेट्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

castanet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

nacchere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kastaniety
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кастаньєти
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

castaniete
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καστανιέτες
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kastanjette
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kastanjetter
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kastanjetter
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of castanets

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTANETS»

The term «castanets» is normally little used and occupies the 118.606 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTANETS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about castanets

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CASTANETS»

Discover the use of castanets in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to castanets and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Percussion Repair and Maintenance
HAND CASTANETS ••• The most common type of castanets used in orchestral percussion are the hand castanets. A constant problem with this instrument is the cord connecting the castanets to the handle. If this cord is too loose, the castanets  ...
Bonfoey, Mark
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All about Hand Percussion: Everything You Need to Know to ...
Overview Castanets are most associated with the music and dance of Spain, believed to have been introduced to the Spanish by the Moors. They are thought to have been inspired by the finger cymbals of the Middle East. Although castanets ...
Kalani, 2008
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Encyclopedia of Percussion
Castanets. The Classical Music Traditions of the Indian Subcontinent Percussion Instruments. Fr: castagnettes; Ger: Kastagnetten; It: castagnette; Sp: castañuelas Figure 8.1 A modern set oftabla. Photo by Alexander Postelnek. Castanets date ...
John H. Beck, 2013
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Percussion Instruments and Their History
CASTANETS Castanets rarely appear in paintings, possibly because their use seems to be mostly confined to Spain, and comparatively few Spanish paintings of this period are available in reproduction; and possibly because most of the ...
James Blades, 1992
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Anatomy of the Orchestra
CASTANETS Although one might reasonably expect castanets to have no more than a special-purpose Spanish connotation, they are in fact more widely used than that and are to be found in the scores of composers of every country and ...
Norman Del Mar, 1983
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Antonio Triana and the Spanish Dance: A Personal Recollection
Years ago, there were eight or more "coplas" or verses, but now only the first four are performed to the accompaniment of guitars and castanets, and are known as "Corraleras." Most likely they originated in the "cortijos" or ranches around ...
Rita Vega de Triana, 1993
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Antonia Merce,́ "La Argentina": Flamenco and the Spanish ...
Flamenco and the Spanish Avant Garde Ninotchka Bennahum. Argentina's father wanted her to become an excellent castanet-player, as well as a singer. For Senor Merce, the castanets represented the soul of Spain, her history and culture .
Ninotchka Bennahum, 2000
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Canada Is... Music, Grade 3-4 (2000 Edition): Teacher's ...
If not, teach the remaining parts of the phrases by rote. • To reinforce the feeling for the syncopated pattern, add instruments (preferably the ones mentioned) and have them play where the instruments are identified. • Refer to Making Castanets  ...
Colby, Dulcie, Harrison, John, Kerr, Carol
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Practical Percussion: A Guide to the Instruments and Their ...
BD, tamb, maracas 3. crash cyms, sus cym, castanets, claves Overture: Johannesburg Festival T 4 perc SD, TD, tri, castanets, BD, cyms, tamb, maracas, claves, xylo, glock Overture: Portsmouth Point T 4 perc BD, cyms, tamb, xylo, SD,  ...
James Holland, 2005
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Band Expressions, Book Two Student Edition: Percussion, Book ...
Castanets are a pair of spoon-shaped, hard- wood shells, strung together, and clapped together to produce a sharp, high-pitched sound. 2. The traditional construction material commonly used is ebony or rosewood, but it is also common to ...
Susan Smith, Robert Smith, Michael Story, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CASTANETS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term castanets is used in the context of the following news items.
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Praise God!
... Praise Him with castanets and dance, Praise Him with banjo and flute; Praise Him with cymbals and a big brass drum, praise Him with fiddles ... «Skiatook Journal, Jul 15»
2
Moreish Moorish morsels
... slow-cooked lamb infused with the rich, sweet flavour of Pedro Ximenez sherry; can you hear the castanets? All you need are the red lentils ... «Newcastle Herald, Jul 15»
3
Karen Flamenco's Alice in Wonderland fires a new generation's spirit
... Peter Pan, that she's staged over the years—narrative works that are sort of like story ballet with fast-pummelling feet and clicking castanets. «Straight.com, Jul 15»
4
Going Places, Near & Far: Jazz Age Lawn Parties Recall Gatsby Era
Make sure you listen for the finger castanets." There is a constant stream of entertainment: Dance performances by Caravella's Canarsi ... «The Island Now, Jul 15»
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Jazz fest concert review: The Barr Brothers at Place des Festivals
... out into a septet or octet (depending on song and/or lighting). Wolves was moody, with castanets and the frenzied shimmer of Page's harp. «Montreal Gazette, Jun 15»
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Drum circle celebrates rhythm
PENDLETON — People are invited to bring their castanets, a drum, cajón or other percussion instruments and create music during a drum ... «East Oregonian, Jun 15»
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Multifaceted Tejana Reveals her Hispanic Roots
Patricia Vonne uses Flamenco dance moves and plays castanets throughout the album. Although castanets are not widely used in Flamenco ... «World Music Central, Jun 15»
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RD Burman: The man who made music with bottles and matkas
His delightful use of castanets, horns and flamenco-influenced guitars in the song Matwali Ankhowale showed he was clearly eager to branch ... «Hindustan Times, Jun 15»
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Mas Ysa Releases "Arrows" Ahead of Phono Del Sol
"I don't set out to use specific sounds, but looking later at the pallet of choirs, clapping, castanets, flutes — I've realized that they are just ... «SF Weekly, Jun 15»
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On The Record: Lee Barber, Patricia Vonne, Manco
Also included is “Traeme Paz,” a highlight of Vonne's 2005 disc “Guitars & Castanets” and likely familiar to many from its inclusion in her brother ... «austin360, Jun 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Castanets [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/castanets>. Aug 2019 ».
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