Definition of cithara in English:

cithara

Syllabification: cith·a·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈsiTHərə, ˈkiTH-
 
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(also kithara /ˈkiTH-/)

noun

  • An ancient Greek and Roman stringed musical instrument similar to the lyre.
    More example sentences
    • He sang and performed on the cithara but also encouraged members of the upper classes to take lessons in singing and dancing.
    • Another stringed instrument mentioned quite often is the cithara.
    • The entrance to the ecstatic Dionysiac world in the Villa of the Mysteries is marked by Silenus playing a cithara at the edge of a rocky landscape.

Origin

late 18th century: Latin, from Greek kithara. Compare with cittern.

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