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u·ku·le·le

or u·ke·le·le  (yo͞o′kə-lā′lē, o͞o′kə-)
n.
A small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii.

[Hawaiian 'ukulele, probably from 'uku lele, jumping flea (perhaps in reference to the movement of the fingers when playing the instrument) : 'uku, louse, flea (from Proto-Polynesian kutu, louse) + lele, to fly, jump (from Proto-Polynesian lele).]

ukulele

(ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ) or

ukelele

n
(Instruments) a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
[C19: from Hawaiian, literally: jumping flea, from `uku flea + lele jumping]

u•ku•le•le

or u•ke•le•le

(ˌyu kəˈleɪ li, ˌu-)

n., pl. -les.
a small, guitarlike musical instrument associated chiefly with Hawaiian music.
[1895–1900 < Hawaiian ‘ukulele leaping flea]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ukulele - a small guitar having four stringsukulele - a small guitar having four strings  
guitar - a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
Aloha State, Hawaii, Hawai'i, HI - a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
Translations
ukulele
ウクレレ
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ukulele

[ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ] Nukelele m

ukulele

ukelele [ˌjuːkəˈleɪli] nukulélé m

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, ukelele
nUkulele f
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Byron Yasui, a composer and professional jazz musician, enthusiast and champion of the 'ukulele as a serious instrument, and Professor Emeritus of Theory and Composition at the University of Hawai'i, and his partner, Noreen Naughton, an accomplished cellist and painter.
The 'ukulele extravaganza' featured musicians from two retirement living schemes, pupils from St Thomas' School in Huddersfield and Holmfirth High, as well as residents from the wider community.
Thanks to its small size and distinctive sound, the 'ukulele has been lampooned in everything from literature and film to comic strips.