bou·​zou·​ki | \ bü-ˈzü-kē How to pronounce bouzouki (audio) \
plural bouzoukis also bouzoukia\ bü-​ˈzü-​kē-​ə How to pronounce bouzoukia (audio) \

Definition of bouzouki

: a long-necked stringed instrument of Greek origin that resembles a mandolin

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The musicians play fiddle, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo and baroque recorders. Linda Mcintosh,, "Flower Fields now in full bloom," 19 Apr. 2018 Susan McFadden, Mairead Carlin, Eabha McMahon and Tara McNeil are joined by pipers, dancers and a full band playing bouzouki, tin whistle, bodhran, Uilean pipes and other traditional Irish instruments. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "9 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 7 Mar. 2018 In Greece, star athletes celebrate championships with cigarettes dangling from their lips—star center Ioannis Bourousis of the Panathinaikos basketball team was seen toking on a cigar at a bouzouki bar after a big win in June. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greece’s Antismoking Effort Has One Major Problem: Greeks," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of bouzouki

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bouzouki

Modern Greek mpouzouki

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