- a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings stretched over it, that is placed on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips.
Origin of zither
Examples from the Web for zither
Historical Examples of zither
My grandfather plays the violin and I the zither—we also go to fairs.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
It was exceedingly faint, like the distant thrumming of a zither.The Blind Spot
I had once passed six months in Bavaria, where I had learned to love the zither.Tenting on the Plains
Elizabeth B. Custer
There also in the evening Bavarian minstrels jodel, and play the zither.Historic Oddities
It sounds like a zither players sweetest songs, said the rider.Christ Legends
- a plucked musical instrument consisting of numerous strings stretched over a resonating box, a few of which may be stopped on a fretted fingerboard
Word Origin for zither
stringed musical instrument, 1850, from German Zither, from Old High German zitara, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara "lute" (see guitar).