Gittern definition

gĭtərn
A guitar of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
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An early instrument of the guitar family, having an oval body and wire strings.
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A relatively small, quill-plucked, gut-strung musical instrument, a predecessor of the guitar, that originated around the 13th century and came to Europe via Moorish Spain.
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To play on the gittern.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gittern
Plural:
gitterns

Origin of gittern

  • Middle English giterne from Old French guiterne from Latin cithara cithara

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarra.

    From Wiktionary