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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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References in classic literature ?
The hulk of an ancient wreck burned with blue fires, in the light of which danced the HULA dancers to the barbaric love-calls of the singers, who chanted to tinkling UKULELES and rumbling tom-toms.
As well as money given from customers at the pub, other businesses have also donated,with Crosbymusic shop Harmonics giving the pub ukuleles to use in free music lessons.
The Festival is all about making: both music and ukuleles. Ten rising stars in the ukulele building community will exhibit and sell their work.
People are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles, dancing shoes, food and drink.
HUDDERSFIELD town centre is set to be awash with ukuleles for the seventh annual Great Northern Ukulele Festival.
IT certainly turned out nice for the owner of two ukuleles used by Northern comedy legend George Formby.
George Johnson, who died last summer aged 91, amassed a huge array of Formby memorabilia over 60 years, including two ukuleles used by the singer.
"He was such a huge Formby fan he owned seven ukuleles altogether and accumulated a large archive of Formby memorabilia including records, photos, sheet music, copies of The Vellum Magazine, bow ties and an original script for 1942 Formby film Much Too Shy, which all went under the hammer.
The event promises seven hours of ukulele music on two stages along with vendors selling ukuleles from $100 to $2,000, workshops for beginners to advanced musicians, Hawaiian dancing, Hawaiian crafts, kids games, food vendors and coordinated activities at downtown Aurora's four museums, which will be open for the day.
Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling).
A NUMBER of leading Welsh artists have come together to transform ukuleles into stunning works of art for a Welsh music charity.