from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A guitar of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relatively small, quill-plucked, gut-strung musical instrument, a predecessor of the guitar, that originated around the 13th century and came to Europe via Moorish Spain.
- v. To play on the gittern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument like a guitar.
- intransitive v. To play on gittern.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old instrument of the guitar kind strung with wire; a cithern.
- To play upon a gittern.
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
Middle English giterne, from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara; see cithara.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarra. (Wiktionary)