Definition of ukulele in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞okəˈlālē/
(also ukelele)


A small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin.
Example sentences
  • A great friend of mine bought his granny a ukulele: a four-stringed guitar.
  • John also plays a mean harmonica, guitar, ukulele, tambourine, cymbals, as well as all the bells and whistles.
  • Contemporary Hawaiian music is characterized by slack key guitar, ukulele, and themes particular to Hawaii such as Hawaiian sovereignty and native Hawaiian values.


Late 19th century: from Hawaiian, literally 'jumping flea'.

Words that rhyme with ukulele

bailey, bailie, capercaillie, Cayley, ceilidh, daily, Daley, Daly, Disraeli, Eilidh, feyly, gaily, Haley, Hayley, Israeli, Rayleigh, scaly, shaly

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Syllabification: u·ku·le·le

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