from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 16th-century guitar with a flat, pear-shaped body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed instrument similar to a mandolin which is an early form of guitar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument shaped like a lute, but strung with wire and played with a quill or plectrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cithern.
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
Perhaps blend of Latin cithara, cithara; see cithara, and obsolete English gittern (from Middle English, from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of cither and gittern. (Wiktionary)