- a guitarlike Japanese musical instrument having an extremely long neck and three strings, played with a plectrum.
Origin of samisen
Examples from the Web for samisen
Historical Examples of samisen
One took her samisen and sang; never did I listen to anything sweeter.Lafcadio Hearn
Nina H. Kennard
And you could not play the samisen because I was in your arms.The Way of the Gods
John Luther Long
The street of the geisha is full of music, for they play the samisen there all day long.
She played the samisen, the kotto, the biwa, and the small hand-drum.
Sawaichi was a honest, good-natured fellow, who earned a bare living by giving lessons on the koto and samisen.Romances of Old Japan
Yei Theodora Ozaki
- a variant of shamisen
Japanese three-stringed instrument, 1610s, from Chinese san-hsien, literally "three-strings," from san "three" + hsien "string."