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mandolin

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noun man·do·lin \ˌman-də-ˈlin, ˈman-də-lən\

Simple Definition of mandolin

  • : a small musical instrument that has a long neck, a body that is shaped like a pear, and usually four pairs of strings

Full Definition of mandolin

  1. 1 :  a musical instrument of the lute family that has a usually pear-shaped body and fretted neck and four to six pairs of strings

  2. 2 usually mandoline [French, from Italian mandolino mandolin] :  a kitchen utensil with a blade for slicing and shredding

man·do·lin·ist play \ˌman-də-ˈli-nist\ noun

Illustration of mandolin

Variants of mandolin

also man·do·line play \ˌman-də-ˈlēn, ˈman-də-lən\

Origin of mandolin

Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola


First Known Use: 1707


MANDOLIN Defined for Kids

mandolin

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noun man·do·lin \ˌman-də-ˈlin, ˈman-də-lən\

Definition of mandolin

  1. :  a musical instrument with four pairs of strings played by plucking





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