Mandolin meaning

măn'də-lĭn', măn'dl-ĭn
(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.
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A small lutelike instrument with a typically pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having usually four sets of paired strings tuned in unison or octaves.
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A musical instrument of the lute family, with four to six pairs of strings stretched over a fretted neck and a deep, rounded sound box: it is played with a plectrum, which is moved rapidly back and forth to give a tremolo effect.
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A kitchen tool used for slicing vegetables (usually spelled mandoline).
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(military) An RAF World War II code name for patrols to attack enemy railway transport.
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Origin of mandolin

  • French mandoline from Italian mandolino diminutive of mandola lute from French mandore from Late Latin pandūra three-string lute from Greek pandoura
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a large stringed instrument.
    From Wiktionary