cithern


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to cithern: Cythara

cith·ern

 (sĭth′ərn, sĭth′-)
n.
Variant of cittern.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cithern - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire stringscithern - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings
guitar - a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
References in classic literature ?
Immediately a prelude of pipe, cithern, and viol, touched with practised minstrelsy, began to play from a neighboring thicket, in such a mirthful cadence that the boughs of the Maypole quivered to the sound.
I take up an unadorned cithern in desolate defiance,
Thus, The conscience is converted into palms, Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.