Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mandolin

play
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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

mandolinist

play \ˌman-də-ˈli-nist\ noun

Illustration of mandolin

Variants of mandolin

also

mandoline

play \ˌman-də-ˈlēn, ˈman-də-lən\

Origin and Etymology of mandolin

Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola


First Known Use: 1707


MANDOLIN Defined for Kids

mandolin

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

Definition of mandolin for Students

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




Learn More about mandolin


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mandolin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

mysterious, holy, or spiritual

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion torrent megillah interruption
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ