Definition of bouzouki in English:


Syllabification: bou·zou·ki
Pronunciation: /bo͝oˈzo͞okē

noun (plural bouzoukis or bouzoukia /-kyä/)

  • A long-necked Greek instrument similar to the mandolin.
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    • Laika is an urban style of song, developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, which may feature the bouzouki, a long-necked stringed instrument.
    • The oud is an ancient Arabic guitar, the forerunner of today's acoustic guitar, and the bouzouki is a Greek guitar.
    • From there it was off to a Greek restaurant (you may have spotted a theme here) where our hero played the bouzouki, sang the Greek national anthem and posed for a thousand photographs.


1950s: from modern Greek mpouzouki, possibly related to Turkish bozuk 'spoiled' (with reference to roughly made instruments).

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