cittern

[ sit-ern ]
/ ˈsɪt ərn /
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noun

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

Nearby words

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  2. citrus red mite,
  3. citrus whitefly,
  4. citrussy,
  5. citta,
  6. città del vaticano,
  7. city,
  8. city academy,
  9. city and guilds of london institute,
  10. city blues

Origin of cittern

1550–60; blend of Latin cithara (< Greek kithára lyre, kithara) andgittern

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British Dictionary definitions for cittern

cittern

cither or cithern

/ (ˈsɪtɜːn) /

noun

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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