Share this entry
gittern Line breaks: git|tern
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪtəːn/

Definition of gittern in English:


A lute-like medieval stringed instrument, forerunner of the guitar.
Example sentences
  • A gittern, most musicologists have come to agree, was the earliest form of what we know today as a guitar.
  • There is definite documentary evidence that both the citole and the gittern were normally strung in gut.
  • For additional information about gitterns, visit the Gittern section of the Early String Instruments page.


Late Middle English: from Old French guiterne; perhaps related to cittern and guitar.

Words that rhyme with gittern

Definition of gittern in:
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.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources