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  1. cittern.
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Historical Examples

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

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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


  1. music an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitarCompare cittern
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Word Origin

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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