Definition of gittern in English:


Line breaks: git|tern
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪtəːn


A lute-like medieval stringed instrument, forerunner of the guitar.
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  • A gittern, most musicologists have come to agree, was the earliest form of what we know today as a guitar.
  • There is definite documentary evidence that both the citole and the gittern were normally strung in gut.
  • For additional information about gitterns, visit the Gittern section of the Early String Instruments page.


late Middle English: from Old French guiterne; perhaps related to cittern and guitar.

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