a lutelike instrument of India with a long, fretted neck, a resonating gourd or gourds, and three to seven playing strings and a number of strings that vibrate sympathetically
Origin of sitarHindi sit?r
A stringed instrument of India having a seasoned gourd for a body and a hollow wooden neck with movable raised frets. Stretched over the frets are usually 6 or 7 metal strings on which the melody is played with a pick, and stretched under the frets are 11 or more sympathetic resonating strings.
Origin of sitarHindi sitar, from Persian : si, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + tar, string; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
From Persian Ø³Ù‡"ŒØªØ§Ø± (se-tÃ¢r), meaning “three strings".