gittern


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git·tern

 (gĭt′ərn)
n.
A guitar of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

[Middle English giterne, from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara; see cithara.]

gittern

(ˈɡɪtɜːn)
n
(Classical Music) music an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitar. Compare cittern
[C14: from Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarra guitar; see cittern]

cit•tern

(ˈsɪt ərn)

n.
an old musical instrument related to the guitar, having a flat, pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.
[1550–60; perhaps b. Latin cithara kithara and Middle French guiterne gittern]
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Noun1.gittern - a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire stringsgittern - 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
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