Meaning of “castanets” in the English Dictionary

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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. 

(Definition of “castanets” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)