Guitar definition

gĭ-tär
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A musical instrument having a flat-backed rounded body that narrows in the middle, a long fretted neck, and usually six strings, played by strumming or plucking.
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A musical instrument related to the lute but having a flat back and usually six strings that are plucked or strummed with the fingers or a plectrum.
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A stringed musical instrument, usually with fretted fingerboard and 6 strings, played with the fingers or a plectrum (guitar pick).
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(rare) To play the guitar.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
guitar
Plural:
guitars

Origin of guitar

  • French guitare from Spanish guitarra from Greek kitharā cithara

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

  • From Spanish guitarra, from Arabic قيثارة (qīθāra), from Latin cithara, from Ancient Greek κιθάρα (kithara). Compare cither.

    From Wiktionary