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
Origin of mandolinFrench mandoline from Italian mandolino diminutive of mandola lute from French mandore from Late Latin pandūra three-string lute from Greek pandoura perhaps of Mesopotamian origin
- (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.