Simple Definition of dulcimer
: a flat musical instrument that has strings stretched across it and is played with two light hammers
: an instrument used in American folk music that has three or four strings, is held on the lap, and is played with the fingers, a pick, or a small stick
Full Definition of dulcimer
1 : a stringed instrument of trapezoidal shape played with light hammers held in the hands
2 or dul·ci·more play \-ˌmȯr\ : an American folk instrument with three or four strings stretched over an elongate fretted sound box that is held on the lap and played by plucking or strumming
Origin of dulcimer
Middle English dowcemere, from Middle French doulcemer, from Old Italian dolcimelo, from dolce sweet, from Latin dulcis
First Known Use: 15th century
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