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[git-ern] /ˈgɪt ərn/
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  • He hung the gittern upon its peg, then went across to the Admiral and put both hands upon his shoulders.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • At the end of the arbor some one was strumming upon a gittern.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • And as for my gittern being tuneless, I've heard you tell a different tale, pretty Mistress Marguerite.

    Wager of Battle Henry William Herbert
  • A viol overhead took up the time, the gittern struck a few sharp notes.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • "I cannot mend the gittern, but I can refill the gipsire," said Marmaduke.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In his hands was a gittern which had been hanging on the wall above him, and he played upon it, softly, a sweet and plaintive air.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • Mr Galpin places the citole in the same class as the gittern.

British Dictionary definitions for gittern


(music) an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitar Compare cittern
Word Origin
C14: from Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarraguitar; see cittern
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Word Origin and History for gittern

late 14c., from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

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