an old musical instrument related to the guitar, having a flat, pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.

Origin of cittern

1550–60; blend of Latin cithara (< Greek kithára lyre, kithara) andgittern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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cither or cithern


a medieval stringed instrument resembling a lute but having wire strings and a flat backCompare gittern

Word Origin for cittern

C16: perhaps a blend of cither + gittern
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