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guitar

[ gi-tahr ]
/ gɪˈtɑr /
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noun

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.

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Origin of guitar

1615–25; <Spanish guitarra<Arabic kītārah ≪ Greek kithárakithara
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British Dictionary definitions for guitar

guitar
/ (ɡɪˈtɑː) /

noun

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

Derived forms of guitar

guitarist, nounguitar-like, adjective

Word Origin for guitar

C17: from Spanish guitarra, from Arabic qītār, from Greek kithara cithara
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Cultural definitions for guitar

guitar

A stringed musical instrument (see strings) usually played by strumming or plucking. Guitars are widely used in folk music and, often amplified electronically, in country and western music and rock 'n' roll.

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