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Examples from the Web for gittern

Historical Examples of gittern

  • "I cannot mend the gittern, but I can refill the gipsire," said Marmaduke.

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

  • At the end of the arbor some one was strumming upon a gittern.

    Master Skylark

    John Bennett

  • A viol overhead took up the time, the gittern struck a few sharp notes.

    Master Skylark

    John Bennett

  • And as for my gittern being tuneless, I've heard you tell a different tale, pretty Mistress Marguerite.

    Wager of Battle

    Henry William Herbert

British Dictionary definitions for gittern



music an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitarCompare cittern

Word Origin for gittern

C14: from Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarra guitar; see cittern
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Word Origin and History for gittern

late 14c., from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

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