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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 ?
He had been in Spain, and there had indulged in serenades and had made friends with a Spanish girl who played the mandolin.
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.
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.
There was the occasional sound of music, of mandolins, sufficiently removed to be an agreeable accompaniment rather than an interruption to the conversation.
Cassie Andrews and Calico Creek -- featuring Andrews on banjo and vocals, Becky Peters on guitar and vocals, Ron Cobb on upright bass, and Danny Robinson on guitar, mandolin and vocals -- opens the show at 7:30 p.
That explains how Austin Methune gets a $4,000 mandolin smashed over his head .
The group's latest album, "Black Sheep," released in 2015, was the first record with Yonder's current lineup (after mandolin player Jeff Austin parted ways with the band in 2014): Adam Aijala (guitar), Dave Johnston (banjo), Ben Kaufmann (bass), Allie Kral (violin), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin).
If any instrument is synonymous with serenading, it is the Italian mandolin.
Avital is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin with several new commissions planned for the coming seasons.
Frontman and world-renowned session musician Mark Cole sings and plays mandolin, squeezeboxes, harmonica and any other instrument he can get his hands on.
Rewriting the Hero and the Quest: Myth and Monomyth in Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres