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 (sĭth′ər-ə, kĭth′-) also kith·a·ra (kĭth′-)
n. Music
An ancient instrument resembling the lyre.

[Latin, from Greek kitharā.]


(ˈsɪθərə) or


(Instruments) a stringed musical instrument of ancient Greece and elsewhere, similar to the lyre and played with a plectrum
[C18: from Greek kithara]


(ˈkɪθ ər ə)

also cithara

n., pl. -ras.
a lyrelike musical instrument of ancient Greece having a wooden soundbox.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Greek kithára lyre; compare guitar, zither]
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For example, the British Library copy of Johann Lauterbach, Cithara Christiana: Psalmodiarum sacrarum libri septem (Leipzig, 1586), shelf mark 3425.
Cithara was, moreover, the term favoured by the Greek translators of the Septuagint in their rendering of kinnor.
Journals featuring his work on Samuel Johnson include the American Benedictine Review, Cithara, Christianity and Literature, English Language Notes, and Renascence.
6: "Chordas autem dictas a corde, quia sicut pulsus est cordis in pectore, ita pulsus chordae in cithara.
Isetti, "The Charter Myth of America: A Study of Political Symbolism in the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents," Cithara 16 (November 1976): 3-17.
Loomis, "As Margaret Mourns: Hopkins, Goethe, and Shaffer on 'Eternal Delight,'" Cithara 22 (1982): 22-29; Roger L.
Sleeping till noon, and to the sound of the cithara
The same chronicler recorded the rejoicing at the election of a new king who found favour with everyone: "One sang, another played on the cithara, another beat on the drums, another sounded the lyre" (lste melodizat, alius cithara citharizat, tympana pulsabat hic, ille lyra resonabat) and after the coronation of John of Luxemburg in Prague in 1311 an exultant throng played in tubis, cytharis et organis, tympanis et choris et in omni genere musicae.
Percent Occurrence volume Prey group (%) (%) Carinaria cithara Benson 1835 50.
Ancient authors frequently mention the musical instruments used in the Jewish cults: small trumpets and the cithara, like those of the Greeks.
On non-Chauceriana his work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, College Literature, Cithara, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and Neophilologus.
Another unique Musica Florea recording (Supraphon 2000, SU 3474-2 231) is Cithara Nova by Josef Leopold Dukat, written in 1707.