Share this entry

Share this page

veena

Line breaks: veena
Pronunciation: /ˈviːnə
 
/
(also vina)

Definition of veena in English:

noun

An Indian stringed instrument, with four main and three auxiliary strings. The southern type has a lute-like body; the older northern type has a tubular body and a gourd fitted to each end as a resonator.
Example sentences
  • Carnatic music, the classical music of south India, commonly employs such musical instruments as the veena, a stringed instrument, and a range of violins.
  • Earlier, three guitars, a bass, lead and rhythm guitars, at least 20 violins, a sitar, veena, flute and four sets of tabla were invariably used for recording a song.
  • Then came the fusion band Esperanto, who had a veena, mandolin, flute, and assorted percussion instruments and guitars.

Origin

Sanskrit vīṇā.

Definition of veena in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs