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sitar

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪtɑː
 
, sɪˈtɑː
 
/

Definition of sitar in English:

noun

A large, long-necked Indian lute with movable frets, played with a wire pick.
Example sentences
  • Attempts have also been made to give enough representation to Indian instruments like the sitar, sarod, flute and santoor.
  • The sounds of Indian hand drums - the tabla - float through the air along with a stringed sitar.
  • The sitar also has huge frets and loose strings that will bend four or five tones with a little pressure.

Origin

via Urdu from Persian sitār, from sih 'three' + tār 'string'.

Derivatives

sitarist

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈtɑːrɪst/
noun

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