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or u·ke·le·le  (yo͞o′kə-lā′lē, o͞o′kə-)
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).]


(ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ) or


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


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


[ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ] Nukelele m


ukelele [ˌjuːkəˈleɪli] nukulélé m


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