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[git-ern] /ˈgɪt ərn/
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  • "I cannot mend the gittern, but I can refill the gipsire," said Marmaduke.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mr Galpin places the citole in the same class as the gittern.

  • At the end of the arbor some one was strumming upon a gittern.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • A viol overhead took up the time, the gittern struck a few sharp notes.

    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
  • 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
  • He hung the gittern upon its peg, then went across to the Admiral and put both hands upon his shoulders.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
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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