- 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
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Examples from the Web for sitar
First up, he got interested in Indian music and took lessons on sitar from Ravi Shankar.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
They got the ship all right, but Dunark and Sitar got away—they're still with their salt!
Or his voice, deep and soft as the sitar when it sings of love?The Ninth Vibration And Other Stories
L. Adams Beck
Sitar jumped up happily, completely restored, and the three women threw their arms around each other.
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
- 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
from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed
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Word Origin and History for sitar
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