- a musical instrument with a pear-shaped wooden body and a fretted neck.
Origin of mandolin
Examples from the Web for mandolin
On a low couch piled with cushions lay Helen's mandolin and a banjo.The Bacillus of Beauty
Silly child, to start at a Mandolin shaking his head and beard at you.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Nasmyth rose and swept his knife-haft across the strings of the mandolin.The Greater Power
He seized his mandolin, slung it round his neck, and leant against the bulkhead.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
"All right, I'll be glad to come," answered the mandolin player.The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
- a plucked stringed instrument related to the lute, having four pairs of strings tuned in ascending fifths stretched over a small light body with a fretted fingerboard. It is usually played with a plectrum, long notes being sustained by the tremolo
- a vegetable slicer consisting of a flat stainless-steel frame with adjustable cutting blades
Word Origin and History for mandolin
1707, from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a larger kind of mandolin, altered from Late Latin pandura "three-stringed lute," from Greek pandoura, which is of unknown origin.