from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument composed of a flat sound box with about 30 to 40 strings stretched over it and played horizontally with the fingertips, a plectrum, or a bow, or set into vibration by the wind, as in the Aeolian harp.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings, placed on a horizontal surface, and played with a plectrum and fingertips; similar to a dulcimer. In the Norwegian harpeleik and Swedish cittra versions, the instrument is considered a chorded zither and usually has 7 (Norwegian) to 9 (Swedish) chords, some with as many as 11 strings each, which are mostly strummed and damped as chords, although sometimes plucked. The Norwegian harpeleik and Swedish cittra are still in production by a German manufacturer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument of music used in Austria and Germany. It has from thirty to forty wires strung across a shallow sounding-board, which lies horizontally on a table before the performer, who uses both hands in playing on it. [Not to be confounded with the old lute-shaped
cittern, or cithern.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cithern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
German, from Middle High German *zitter, from Old High German zitera, from Latin cithara, cithara, from Greek kitharā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German, from Latin cithara, from Ancient Greek κιθάρα (kithara, "kind of harp"). (Wiktionary)