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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.
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(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
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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
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[sɪˈtɑːʳ] Nsitar m
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[sɪˈtɑːr ˈsɪtɑːr] n (= musical instrument) → sitar m
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nSitar m
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[sɪˈtɑːʳ] nsitar m inv
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References in classic literature ?
The voices of early evening had settled down to one soothing hum whose deepest note was the steady chumping of the bullocks above their chopped straw, and whose highest was the tinkle of a Bengali dancing-girl's sitar. Most men had eaten and pulled deep at their gurgling, grunting hookahs, which in full blast sound like bull-frogs.
Artisans on the kilometre-long stretch of Shah Allah Ditta Road used to make tablas, sitars, rababs and harmoniums, but with the art of making such instruments dying they have learned how to work with newer and western instruments, such as guitars and drums.
12 ( ANI ): Sitar became synonymous with Grammy winning composer Ravi Shankar, said his Indian instrument maker Sanjay Sharma, who crafted customized sitars on the former's request.
11 -- 100 Pipers presents Foreigner and Niladri Kumar - Live in Concert, an upcoming concert tour where Rock Stars meet Rock Sitars. The concert will be tour to 5 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
There is nothing to imply a specificity to the Triune God of orthodox Christianity; in fact, the influence of eastern spirituality has lots of clues, such as the conspicuous entry of sitars and the like this time around.
SITARS will be heard in Leamington as part of an evening of exotic music and dance this month.
Meanwhile, Ectogram are locked into the 24-track studio in the courtyard, watching '60s beat exploitation films, experimenting with sitars and sine waves, overloading the equipment with trebly Jaguar guitars.
Later they went out there [to India], got some sitars, met Ravi Shankar and learned to play them, and got into the whole Eastern Thing.
Summary: India:Legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who influenced musicians ranging from The Beatles to violinist ...
This fact alone makes Allyn Miner's Sitar and Sarod in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries a welcome addition to South Asian ethnomusicology.