Definition of chitarrone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɪtəˈrəʊneɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˌkɪtəˈrəʊni/


A very large lute similar to a theorbo, used in Italy in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Example sentences
  • The archlute and the chitarrone or theorbo had, in addition to the strings on the fingerboard, open bass strings on an extended neck with a second pegbox.
  • He has crafted Renaissance and baroque lutes, theorbos, chitarrones, archlutes, and classical guitars.
  • Defining the differences between the chitarrone, theorbo and archlute has always been difficult.


Italian, literally 'large guitar'.

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