- a small, guitarlike musical instrument associated chiefly with Hawaiian music.
Origin of ukulele
Examples from the Web for ukulele
Contemporary Examples of ukulele
Trainor brought along a ukulele to her audition and blew him away.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
There are few things cuter than a little kid killing it on the ukulele.Lennon and Maisy Stella & More YouTube Musical Prodigies (Video)
June 3, 2012
Historical Examples of ukulele
Clayton was with him, strumming on a ukulele, as they talked, happily and lazily.Kit of Greenacre Farm
If it happens that any folk are down from the uptown hotels, Peter Pan consents to sell a ukulele between his encores.Hints to Pilgrims
Charles Stephen Brooks
And really with two violins, ukulele and piano we weren't a half bad orchestra.A "Y Girl in France
Do you know this step—to the Paradise whistle and ukulele and that new instrument, the Shiverskin, it's just great.
Cinny put up an indifferent hand to her fair hair, one of the cushions fell overboard, also a ukulele.
- a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
Word Origin for ukulele
Word Origin and History for ukulele
1896, from Hawaiian 'ukulele, literally "leaping flea," from 'uku "louse, flea" + lele "to fly, jump, leap." So called from the rapid motion of the fingers in playing it. It developed from a Portuguese instrument introduced to the islands c.1879.