- 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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- 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
Word Origin and History for sitarists
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