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 (sĭt′är′, sĭ-tär′)
A stringed instrument of India having a seasoned gourd for a body and a hollow wooden neck with movable raised frets. Stretched over the frets are usually 6 or 7 metal strings on which the melody is played with a pick, and stretched under the frets are 11 or more sympathetic resonating strings.

[Hindi sitār, from Persian : si, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + tār, string; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

si·tar′ist n.




(Instruments) a stringed musical instrument, esp of India, having a long neck, a rounded body, and movable frets. The main strings, three to seven in number, overlie other sympathetic strings, the tuning depending on the raga being performed
[from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed]
siˈtarist n



a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.
[1835–45; < Hindi sitār]
si•tar′ist, n.
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Noun1.sitar - a stringed instrument of Indiasitar - a stringed instrument of India; has a long neck and movable frets; has 6 or 7 metal strings for playing and usually 13 resonating strings
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound


[sɪˈtɑːʳ] Nsitar m


[sɪˈtɑːr ˈsɪtɑːr] n (= musical instrument) → sitar m


nSitar m


[sɪˈtɑːʳ] nsitar m inv
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Her love affair with the sitar started when she was six years old and at the age of eight she gave her first public performance and began broadcasting on the radio even earlier.
Internationally known sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri of the University of California, San Diego, presents a free lecture and demonstration of his instrument.
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Quivering chords of sitar reverberated in my soul's silent shrine
After Sitar maestro Shankar, who was 92, became friends with Harrison the Beatles song Within You Without You drew on Indian classical music.