Definition of mandolin in English:


Line breaks: man|do¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈmandəlɪn
, mandəˈlɪn


  • 1A musical instrument resembling a lute, having paired metal strings plucked with a plectrum. It has a characteristic tremolo when sustaining long notes.
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    • Reading the literature, one can hear fiddles, wood flutes, bagpipes, guitar, mandolins and bodhráns.
    • Set against a backdrop of strings, the mandolin sounds completely beautiful, providing an enticing blend of sadness and hope all at the same time.
    • She had minimal skills on the oboe, French horn, guitar, viola, mandolin, and penny whistle.
  • 2 (also mandoline) A kitchen utensil consisting of a flat frame with adjustable blades, for slicing vegetables.
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    • The beets were sliced on a mandoline and served in a Sherry vinaigrette with an immoderate amount of good olive oil.
    • Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, finely slice carrots lengthways into ribbons.
    • For the kitchen, nothing beats a beautiful mandoline!



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  • For seven years, Sims studied with Burns, the legendary jazz mandolinist, laying the foundation for Harmonious Wail's acoustic string sound.
  • In Italy the mandolinists play with straight wrists and the right forearm is in line with the strings.
  • Additional assistance is provided by some of the most talented and well known mandolinists playing today.


early 18th century: from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola (see mandola).

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