Definition of gittern in English:


Syllabification: git·tern
Pronunciation: /ˈgitərn


  • A lutelike medieval stringed instrument, forerunner of the guitar.
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    • A gittern, most musicologists have come to agree, was the earliest form of what we know today as a guitar.
    • There is definite documentary evidence that both the citole and the gittern were normally strung in gut.
    • For additional information about gitterns, visit the Gittern section of the Early String Instruments page.


late Middle English: from Old French guiterne; perhaps related to cittern and guitar.

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