Definition of guitar in English:


Line breaks: gui¦tar
Pronunciation: /gɪˈtɑː


A stringed musical instrument, with a fretted fingerboard, typically incurved sides, and six or twelve strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a plectrum. See also electric guitar.
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  • Acoustic guitars are strummed hard and fast on some songs, and are played with melodic flair on others.
  • Maybe I too could be a rancher in Montana, plucking a guitar on my porch as the sun goes down.
  • The music is a sophisticated meshing of guitars, busily efficient rhythms and electronica.


early 17th century: from Spanish guitarra (partly via French), from Greek kithara, denoting an instrument similar to the lyre.



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  • It has the same effect as a bad guitarist using the same guitar tone over and over again.
  • As he played, he pressed a knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularised by Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars.
  • I'm sure both guitarists could give me a master's grade thesis on the layers of harmonic interplay.

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