uku·le·le noun \ˌyü-kə-ˈlā-lē, ˌü-\
: a musical instrument that is like a small guitar with four strings
: a small guitar of Portuguese origin popularized in Hawaii in the 1880s and strung typically with four strings
Origin of UKULELE
flea + lele
First Known Use: 1896
ukulele noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Small Hawaiian four-stringed guitar. It developed out of a similar Portuguese instrument introduced to Hawaii by sailors in the 1870s. It became highly popular in the U.S. after World War I, when it was used in jazz and bluegrass ensembles and more widely as an amateur solo instrument.
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