Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Music) a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music Any stringed musical instrument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Lutes and guitars are cousins, members of the family called chordophones, instruments with vibrating strings. The earliest ancestor of this family, and therefore of all stringed instruments, was a musical hunting bow, first depicted in a Paleolithic cave painting at Trois Frères, in southern France, dating from 15,000 B.C. In this image a priest or sorcerer dressed in a bison skin holds a bow to the mouth of his mask, using his own skull as a resonator. The musical hunting bow survives as the okongo or kora, used during rituals in sub-Saharan Africa. Similar musical bows are found in South America and among Native Americans."

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 107

    November 3, 2008

  • By trumpets woodwinds and trombone

    A great deal of music is blown,

    And riding those gusts

    In dartings and thrusts

    Are flights of the sweet chordophone.

    July 30, 2018