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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).]
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(ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ) or


(Instruments) a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
[C19: from Hawaiian, literally: jumping flea, from `uku flea + lele jumping]
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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]
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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
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[ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ] Nukelele m
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ukelele [ˌjuːkəˈleɪli] nukulélé m
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, ukelele
nUkulele f
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Afterward, in the big morris chair he had insisted on buying early in the days of his brickyard contract, Saxon would creep into his arms and strum on the ukelele; or they would talk long about what they were doing and planning to do.
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Local pupil Molly McTeir accompanied by her mum Clair on the piano/organ performed a few Burns songs and later on she sang and played the ukelele.
"Me and the team at the volunteer centre would like to thank everyone who opened their gardens, the Ukelele band who played in our garden on Sunday afternoon, and everyone who came along and supported the event."
Today, 10am, & Tomorrow, 4pm, COMEDY Grumpy Old Women The Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge-making.
There is also a full programme of live music - including the second annual Ukelele Takeover, which sees seven ukulele bands taking to the stage on the Sunday.
The evening continued with meal and a performance by Nigel Griffiths, Andy Doherty and John Parker on guitars and ukelele.