cittern

[ sit-ern ]

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

Origin of cittern

1
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
  1. a medieval stringed instrument resembling a lute but having wire strings and a flat back: Compare gittern

Origin of cittern

1
C16: perhaps a blend of cither + gittern

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