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 (măn′də-lĭn′, măn′dl-ĭn)
A small lutelike instrument with a typically pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having usually four sets of paired strings tuned in unison or octaves.

[French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, lute, from French mandore, from Late Latin pandūra, three-string lute, from Greek pandoura, perhaps of Mesopotamian origin.]

man′do·lin′ist n.


(ˌmændəˈlɪn) or


1. (Instruments) a plucked stringed instrument related to the lute, having four pairs of strings tuned in ascending fifths stretched over a small light body with a fretted fingerboard. It is usually played with a plectrum, long notes being sustained by the tremolo
2. (Cookery) a vegetable slicer consisting of a flat stainless-steel frame with adjustable cutting blades
[C18: via French from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandora lute, ultimately from Greek pandoura musical instrument with three strings]
ˌmandoˈlinist n


(ˈmæn dl ɪn, ˌmæn dlˈɪn)

a stringed musical instrument with a pear-shaped wooden body and a fretted neck.
[1700–10; < Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, mandora, < Latin pandūra 3-stringed lute < Greek pandoûra; compare bandore]
man`do•lin′ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mandolin - a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrummandolin - a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum
chordophone - a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
fingerboard - a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
mandola - an early type of mandolin


mandoline [ˈmændəlɪn] Nmandolina f, bandolina f (LAm)


[ˌmændəˈlɪn] nmandoline f


nMandoline f


mandoline [ˈmændəlɪn] nmandolino



(ˈmӕndəlin) noun
a musical instrument similar to a guitar. He played a tune on the mandolin.
References in classic literature ?
On a table by her side lay a mandolin and an apple.
For he never travelled without a case of swords, with which he had fought many brilliant duels, or without a corresponding case for his mandolin, with which he had actually serenaded Miss Ethel Harrogate, the highly conventional daughter of a Yorkshire banker on a holiday.
So when Langwidere sat in her easy chair and played soft melodies upon her mandolin, her form was mirrored hundreds of times, in walls and ceiling and floor, and whichever way the lady turned her head she could see and admire her own features.
He had been in Spain, and there had indulged in serenades and had made friends with a Spanish girl who played the mandolin.
There was the occasional sound of music, of mandolins, sufficiently removed to be an agreeable accompaniment rather than an interruption to the conversation.
Mandolin wiz Jake Jolliff of the Yonder Mountain String Band is bringing his trio to Tsunami Books on Wednesday.
Frontman and world-renowned session musician Mark Cole sings and plays mandolin, squeezeboxes, harmonica and any other instrument he can get his hands on.
SRK, 49, revealed that his character's name and the Mandolin in the film came from director Aditya's admiration for Raj Kapoor.
Slice the mushrooms very thin with a mandolin and lay them on a serving plate.
Also in the sale, a 1920s portrait locket set with diamonds sold for PS1,150 and a 19th century Neapolitan mandolin by Vinaccia sold for PS2,500 to an Italian collector bidding online.
Any who would learn to play mandolin will find this an important key to success: a guide packed with hundreds of exercises in various keys and positions, drills for practicing scales, and guidelines to understanding chords, scales, and more.
Layne Publications, a popular online bluegrass education provider, has recently released new bluegrass Gospel tabs and backing tracks for guitar, mandolin and banjo.