Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small dulcimer used in the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries.

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

  • noun (Mus.), obsolete A musical instrument; a kind of dulcimer.

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  • noun An archaic musical instrument whose exact form is uncertain, generally shown with four strings.

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

  • noun a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings

Etymologies

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Probably a French diminutive form of Latin cithara, and not from Latin cista, a box.

Examples

  • It includes treasures such as the Limoges casket from France, an ivory triptych from Byzantium, and an early English citole, or guitar.

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  • So Chandos went his way that evening, walking his horse through the peaceful lanes and twanging his citole as he went, for he loved music and was famous for his merry songs.

    Sir Nigel

  • Glad I am to see that you have your citole slung to your back.

    Sir Nigel

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

  • So Chandos went his way that evening, walking his horse through the peaceful lanes and twanging his citole as he went, for he loved music and was famous for his merry songs.

    Sir Nigel

  • Glad I am to see that you have your citole slung to your back.

    Sir Nigel

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

  • There is the playing of the citole and the rebeck.

    The White Company

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