- a stringed musical instrument with a long, fretted neck, a flat, somewhat violinlike body, and typically six strings, which are plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum.
Origin of guitar
Examples from the Web for guitar
Contemporary Examples of guitar
He played it through once, singing the lyrics softly to his own guitar accompaniment.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
The guitar is tuned to E, and an Eminor chord on a guitar just rings and rings forever.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
This performance of Bob Dylan's 1971 blues tune features Clapton on guitar.Joe Cocker's Deep Live Cuts
December 22, 2014
Sid Vicious is stomping all over Steve Jones, about to smash in his guitar (again).
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.
Historical Examples of guitar
Down the middle of the guitar there is a walled enclosure of the shape of a banjo.The Manxman
Gino got out a guitar and sang too, sitting out on the loggia.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
What good fortune it was to have saved your guitar from shipwreck!Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Jackson made a brusque movement, and accidentally touched the guitar.Tales of Unrest
This, from the moment we had heard Manuel's guitar, had been my idea.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- music a plucked stringed instrument originating in Spain, usually having six strings, a flat sounding board with a circular sound hole in the centre, a flat back, and a fretted fingerboard. Range: more than three octaves upwards from E on the first leger line below the bass staffSee also electric guitar, bass guitar, Hawaiian guitar
Word Origin for guitar
1620s, ultimately from Greek kithara "cithara," a stringed musical instrument related to the lyre, perhaps from Persian sihtar (see sitar); the name reached English several times, including early 14c. giterne, in reference to various stringed, guitar-like instruments; the modern word is directly from Spanish guittara, from Arabic qitar, from the Greek.