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mandolin

Syllabification: man·do·lin
Pronunciation: /ˌmandəˈlin
 
, ˈmandələn
 
/

Definition of mandolin in English:

noun

1A musical instrument resembling a lute, having paired metal strings plucked with a plectrum. It is played with a characteristic tremolo on long sustained notes.
Example sentences
  • Reading the literature, one can hear fiddles, wood flutes, bagpipes, guitar, mandolins and bodhráns.
  • Set against a backdrop of strings, the mandolin sounds completely beautiful, providing an enticing blend of sadness and hope all at the same time.
  • She had minimal skills on the oboe, French horn, guitar, viola, mandolin, and penny whistle.
2 variant spelling of mandoline.

Origin

early 18th century: from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola (see mandola).

Derivatives

mandolinist

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈlinist/
noun
Example sentences
  • For seven years, Sims studied with Burns, the legendary jazz mandolinist, laying the foundation for Harmonious Wail's acoustic string sound.
  • In Italy the mandolinists play with straight wrists and the right forearm is in line with the strings.
  • Additional assistance is provided by some of the most talented and well known mandolinists playing today.

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