- an old musical instrument related to the guitar, having a flat, pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.
Origin of cittern
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The cittern of the middle ages was also to be found in oval shape.
The cittern has retained the following characteristics of the archetype.
Dekker mentions a "barber's cittern for every serving-man to play upon."At the Sign of the Barber's Pole
A cittern or lute was part of the appointments of a barbers shop of the period.
The instrument here introduced is the cittern, played with or without a plectrum or quill.Chaucer for Children
Mrs. H. R. Haweis
cither or cithern
- a medieval stringed instrument resembling a lute but having wire strings and a flat backCompare gittern
C16: perhaps a blend of cither + gittern
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