Definition of erhu in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əːˈhuː/
(also erh hu)


A Chinese two-stringed musical instrument held in the lap and played with a bow.
Example sentences
  • This year's closing festival of Edmonton's busy summer will unite the orchestra with the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese fiddle which is played somewhat like a small cello.
  • With six musicians playing the erhu, pipa, Chinese flute, zither, moon guitar and trapeziform dulcimer, they call the music that they play sizhu - the traditional word for musical instruments.
  • They enjoy themselves in singing songs from opera, playing the erhu (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) or practising their calligraphy on the ground with a brush.


Early 20th century: Chinese, from èr 'two' + 'bowed instrument'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: erhu

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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