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sitar

[si-tahr]
noun
  1. a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.
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Origin of sitar

First recorded in 1835–45, sitar is from the Hindi word sitār
Related formssi·tar·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sitarists

sitar

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formssitarist, noun

Word Origin for sitar

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

sitar

n.

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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