[sit-ohl, si-tohl]

Origin of citole

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin cit(hara) kithara + Middle French -ole diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for citole

Historical Examples of citole

  • Glad I am to see that you have your citole slung to your back.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Mr Galpin places the citole in the same class as the gittern.

  • An instrument similar to the dulcimer was the citole, the chief difference being that the strings were plucked with the fingers.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson

  • Add the principle of stopping the strings with the fingers of the left hand, and the citole becomes the zither.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson

  • She had a citole in her hand, which is an instrument for playing music on; and over her head doves were flying.

    Chaucer for Children

    Mrs. H. R. Haweis

British Dictionary definitions for citole


  1. a rare word for cittern

Word Origin for citole

C14: from Old French, probably from Latin cithara cither
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