castanetsnoun [ plural ]uk /ˌkæs.təˈnets/ us /ˌkæs.təˈnets/
Examples from literature
- At every house the women dance and sing, clashing castanets or cymbals of brass and jingling bunches of little brass bells in both hands.
- Castanets are small wooden rattles, made in the shape of two bowls or cups, fitted together, and tied by a string, and then fastened to the thumbs.
- It was a feast of lanterns, and not without the accompaniment of guitars and castanets, and rich, soft voices.
- It was not unusual for them to carry tambourines and castanets with which to beat time to their dances.
- They danced to the music of the pipes, the lyre, the castanets of wood, steel, or brass, as is shown in the illustrations taken from the monuments.