1. castanets

noun. a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance.


  • finger cymbals
  • bones
  • percussion instrument
  • clappers

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Example sentences of the word castanets

1. Noun, plural
Many of these instruments, like maracas and castanets, are simple structures that can be made right at home.