Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See crowd2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An archaic stringed instrument associated particularly with Wales, though once played widely in Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See 4th crowd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The modern Welsh form of crowd.

Etymologies

Welsh, from Middle Welsh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Welsh (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The harp has always been their principal instrument, and for many centuries a rude kind of violin called the crwth, of which there will be occasion to speak in connection with the violin, at a later period in this work.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music From the Earliest Times Until the Present

  • Sinfi sings some of our Welsh songs, and accompanies herself on a peculiar obsolete Welsh instrument called a crwth, which she always carries with her.

    Aylwin

  • After a while she widened her reputation in a curious way as the only performer on the old Welsh stringed instrument called the "crwth," or cruth.

    Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest

  • w is a vowel in Welsh, so "crwth" really shouldn't be in the all consonant list.

    languagehat.com: ONE-LETTER WORDS.

  • Why does this sound like the last gasp of the geritol crwth? by John Little on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 at 8: 49: 11 PM

    Dodd out. Your turn, Mr. Nader.

  • "The crwth and the lyre, together with the harp, were the only instruments considered to be prestigious enough to accompany bardic music," said Mary-Anne.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • They sing Welsh poetry ranging from stanzas of the Gododdin 6th century, to ritual and †popular songs of the 18th and 19th centuries, and play the ancient strummed lyre of†Northern Europe, the crwth - the medieval bowed lyre - and an early medieval British yew trumpet, the bloodcurdling sounds of which open their interpretation of the Welsh Tristan story, Ystorya Trystan, which is part of the Arthurian epic.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • But, during the early 17th century, the crwth lost its prestige as the bardic system fell out of favour, and musical influences from mainland Europe became fashionable.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • In Pirate's maisonette, everyone is singing now a counterforce traveling song, with Thomas Gwenhidwy, who has not fallen to the dialectic curse of Pointsman's Book after all, accompanying on what seems to be a rosewood crwth:

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • Among these were a diminutive harp, which was laid on the table while being played, the fiddle, also called vielle or viola (prototypes of our violin), the very ancient crwth, crowd or chrotta (an instrument having originally three, but later five strings, now obsolete), and the hurdy-gurdy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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