a musical instrument of the lute family, with four to six pairs of strings stretched over a fretted neck and a deep, rounded sound box: it is played with a plectrum, which is moved rapidly back and forth to give a tremolo effect
Origin of mandolinFrench mandoline ; from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, mandora ; from Late Latin pandura, kind of lute ; from Late Greek pandoura, probably ; from Arabic ?anbur
A small lutelike instrument with a typically pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having usually four sets of paired strings tuned in unison or octaves.
Origin of mandolinFrench mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, lute, from French mandore, from Late Latin pand&umacron;ra, three-string lute, from Greek pandoura.
- (music) A stringed instrument and a member of the lute family, having eight strings in four courses, frequently tuned as a violin. They have either a bowl back or a flat back.
- A kitchen tool used for slicing vegetables (usually spelled mandoline).
- (military) An RAF World War II code name for patrols to attack enemy railway transport.