Gittern meaning

gĭt'ərn
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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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