Definition of dulcimer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌlsɪmə/


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A musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoid in shape, over which strings of graduated length are stretched, played by plucking or especially by being struck with handheld hammers. The term hammered dulcimer is sometimes used, especially in the US, to distinguish these from plucked instruments such as the Appalachian dulcimer.
Example sentences
  • Using anything from toy piano, guitars and dulcimer to synthesisers and Stylophone, the pair continuously change the aspect of their music while keeping with the overall theme.
  • Very early on, I was attracted to the sounds of stringed instruments like the dulcimer and mandolin, which were commonly played in that part of the country.
  • Silk zither and dulcimer with strings are the most common traditional musical instruments.


Late 15th century: from Old French doulcemer, probably from Latin dulce melos 'sweet melody'.

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