Definition of citole in English:


Line breaks: cit¦ole
Pronunciation: /sɪˈtəʊl


  • A lute-like medieval stringed instrument, forerunner of the cittern.
    More example sentences
    • The proliferation of bagpipes suggests that drone accompaniment was popular, as does the depiction of fiddle and citole players plucking their lowest string with the left thumb while using a bow or plectrum in the other hand.
    • There is definite documentary evidence that both the citole and the gittern were normally strung in gut.
    • The citole is the medieval guitar, known only from pictures in manuscripts and statues on churches.


late Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin cithara (see cittern).

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