Definition of koto in English:


Syllabification: ko·to
Pronunciation: /ˈkōtō

noun (plural kotos)

  • A Japanese zither about six feet long, with thirteen silk strings passed over small movable bridges.
    More example sentences
    • By high school he was proficient at the koto, viola, clarinet and electric guitar.
    • They were playing a loop of anonymous koto music that was rather soothing.
    • Performances of the koto are also featured in the evenings in early April.


late 18th century: Japanese.

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