Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An archaic musical instrument whose exact form is uncertain, generally shown with four strings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A musical instrument; a kind of dulcimer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small dulcimer used in the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings

Etymologies

Probably a French diminutive form of Latin cithara, and not from Latin cista, a box. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It includes treasures such as the Limoges casket from France, an ivory triptych from Byzantium, and an early English citole, or guitar.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Glad I am to see that you have your citole slung to your back.

    Sir Nigel

  • So Chandos went his way that evening, walking his horse through the peaceful lanes and twanging his citole as he went, for he loved music and was famous for his merry songs.

    Sir Nigel

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

  • Any one of us could get in more local colour for the money, and give the crusader a cithern or citole instead of a guitar.

    Essays in Little

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    Rational Review

  • France, and the only surviving citole, a precursor to the guitar, owned by Elizabeth I. James Robinson, curator of the medieval collections, said of the chess pieces: "They act as the gateway for all the different themes.

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