American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A musical instrument having a flat-backed rounded body that narrows in the middle, a long fretted neck, and usually six strings, played by strumming or plucking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the lute class, having usually six strings (three of catgut and three of silk wound with fine silver wire), stretched over a violin-shaped body, and a long neck and finger-board combined. The strings are plucked or twanged by the right hand, while they are stopped by the left hand upon small frets placed at regular intervals upon the finger-board. As usually tuned, the compass is between three and four octaves upward from the second E below middle C. The usual tuning of the strings is shown at a, the music being written an octave higher. As the fixed frets prevent distant modulations from the normal key of the instrument, a capo tasto is sometimes attached so as to shorten all the strings at once. The guitar is the modern form of a large class of instruments used in all ages and countries. It is most popular in Spain, but has had periods of great popularity in France and England. Its tone is soft and agreeable, and is especially suited for accompaniments.
- n. A stringed musical instrument, usually with fretted fingerboard and 6 strings, played with the fingers or a plectrum (guitar pick).
- v. rare To play the guitar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A stringed instrument of music resembling the lute or the violin, but larger, and having six strings, three of silk covered with silver wire, and three of catgut, -- played upon with the fingers.
- n. a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
- From Spanish guitarra, from Arabic قيثارة (qīθāra), from Latin cithara, from Ancient Greek κιθάρα. Compare cither. (Wiktionary)
- French guitare, from Spanish guitarra, from Greek kitharā, cithara. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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