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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Contemporary Examples of sitar

Historical Examples of sitar

  • They got the ship all right, but Dunark and Sitar got away—they're still with their salt!

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Or his voice, deep and soft as the sitar when it sings of love?

  • Sitar jumped up happily, completely restored, and the three women threw their arms around each other.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The remnant of an sitar, or high place, occupies the centre of the cloistered quadrangle.

    Diary in America, Series Two

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • Motee sang again; but the accompaniment was wild and irregular, and the Khan at last threw down the sitar.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for sitar



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper