[ si-tahr ]
/ sɪˈtɑr /


a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.

Origin of sitar

First recorded in 1835–45, sitar is from the Hindi word sitār
Related formssi·tar·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sitar


/ (sɪˈtɑː, ˈsɪtɑː) /


a stringed musical instrument, esp of India, having a long neck, a rounded body, and movable frets. The main strings, three to seven in number, overlie other sympathetic strings, the tuning depending on the raga being performed
Derived Formssitarist, noun

Word Origin for sitar

from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed
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Word Origin and History for sitar



1845, from Hindi sitar, from Persian sitar "three-stringed," from si "three" (Old Persian thri-; see three) + tar "string" (see tenet).

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