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[si-tahr] /sɪˈtɑr/
a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.
Origin of sitar
First recorded in 1835-45, sitar is from the Hindi word sitār
Related forms
sitarist, noun Unabridged
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  • They got the ship all right, but Dunark and sitar got away—they're still with their salt!

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Or his voice, deep and soft as the sitar when it sings of love?

  • sitar jumped up happily, completely restored, and the three women threw their arms around each other.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The remnant of an sitar, or high place, occupies the centre of the cloistered quadrangle.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Motee sang again; but the accompaniment was wild and irregular, and the Khan at last threw down the sitar.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • The tas is a kind of sitar, the thin wire strings of which are played with a bow.

  • His inseparable companions were a hubble-bubble at his left, and a sitar on his lap; and from his throat flowed song unceasing.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • sitar placed the two girls side by side and drew off to survey her work.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Returning to the others, they found Dorothy and sitar deep in conversation.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
British Dictionary definitions for sitar


/sɪˈtɑː; ˈsɪtɑː/
a stringed musical instrument, esp of India, having a long neck, a rounded body, and movable frets. The main strings, three to seven in number, overlie other sympathetic strings, the tuning depending on the raga being performed
Derived Forms
sitarist, noun
Word Origin
from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed
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Word Origin and History for sitar

1845, from Hindi sitar, from Persian sitar "three-stringed," from si "three" (Old Persian thri-; see three) + tar "string" (see tenet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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