Definitions

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

  • To play upon a gittern.
  • n. An old instrument of the guitar kind strung with wire; a 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The musical group consisted of the tervardi, two hertasi playing drums, and four Tayledras who played harp, gittern, flute, and some sort of horn, respectively.

    Owlsight

  • He put his gittern into the stand by touch and knelt to blow the fire to flame.

    Oathblood

  • The bard played a soft melody on his gittern as Lord Kemoc seemed to doze, the golden firelight flickering over both of them.

    Oathblood

  • Lauren held his peace, flattening his palm over the strings of his gittern so that not even a breath of draft would set them murmuring.

    Oathblood

  • Gwena, the dark girl, flashed dazzling white teeth in a vulpine grin, plucked a gittern from somewhere behind her, and began.

    Fiddler Fair

  • It might at one time have been a lute or a gittern or some such thing; there was no trace at all of its original finish, nor its strings or tuning pegs, and it had probably not been playable for centuries.

    Storm Breaking

  • The warmth must have reached him, for as she reached the chorus, he shook himself, and suddenly his harp joined the jaunty chords of her gittern as his voice joined hers in harmony.

    The Robin And The Kestrel

  • She'd been pierced with the sharp ends of nails and wire so often that her finger-ends looked like pincushions, and it was just as well that they were not going to be playing their instruments for a while, for her fingers needed to heal before she picked up her gittern or harp again.

    The Robin And The Kestrel

  • Stefen stood up and slung his gittern case over one shoulder before replying.

    Magic's Price

  • The gittern was there, though, and the mare - so Andros just sighed, and assumed he'd gone off for a walk.

    Magic's Price

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    August 30, 2008