mandolin

[ man-dl-in, man-dl-in ]
/ ˈmæn dl ɪn, ˌmæn dlˈɪn /
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noun

a musical instrument with a pear-shaped wooden body and a fretted neck.

Nearby words

  1. mandinka,
  2. mandioca,
  3. mandir,
  4. mandira,
  5. mandola,
  6. mandorla,
  7. mandragora,
  8. mandrake,
  9. mandrel,
  10. mandrill

Origin of mandolin

1700–10; < Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, variant of mandora, alteration of pandora bandore

Related formsman·do·lin·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for mandolin

mandolin

mandoline

/ (ˌmændəˈlɪn) /

noun

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
Derived Formsmandolinist, noun

Word Origin for mandolin

C18: via French from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandora lute, ultimately from Greek pandoura musical instrument with three strings

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Word Origin and History for mandolin

mandolin

n.

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.

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