from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringed instrument of India made of seasoned gourds and teak and having a track of 20 movable frets with 6 or 7 metal playing strings above and usually 13 sympathetic resonating strings below.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Hindustani/Indian classical stringed instrument, typically having a gourd as its resonating chamber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Hindu guitar with a pear-shaped body, a long neck, and three or more strings. It is sometimes played with a bow, like a viol.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stringed instrument of India; has a long neck and movable frets; has 6 or 7 metal strings for playing and usually 13 resonating strings
Hindi sitār, from Persian : si, three; + tār, string.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian سهتار (se-târ), meaning “three strings”. (Wiktionary)