Share this entry

saz Syllabification: saz
Pronunciation: /säz/ /saz/

Definition of saz in English:


A long-necked stringed instrument of the lute family, originating in the Ottoman Empire.
Example sentences
  • Based on a song dating back to the days of the brigands who preyed on Silk Road travellers, now its message is more benign; its melodies are played by Toir Kuziyev on various string instruments Turkish saz and Arabic oud, as well as doutar.
  • Slowly, other sounds emerge to fill the space around his voice: a slow and rhythmic drumming, the trilling of a wooden flute, melancholy chords of the stringed saz and the fluttering of an oboe-like instrument called a mey.
  • The term saz has been applied to other types of musical instrument.


Late 19th century: from Turkish, from Persian sāz 'musical instrument'.

Definition of saz in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful