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

Definition of bouzouki

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 10-16," 10 Feb. 2020 But what sets this sketch apart is its commitment to absurdity (the bouzouki soundtrack!) and two very serious performances from Cleese and Palin. Devan Coggan,, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," 4 Oct. 2019 Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Sep. 2019 The bouzouki players are warming up, and cooks are busy gathering ingredients to prepare their favorite spinach pie, baklava and pastitsio for this weekend’s ASSUMPTION GREEKFEST at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Dream Cruise, Renaissance fest in Holly, Michigan Comic Convention at Cobo," 14 Aug. 2019 The musicians are as versatile as the actors, seamlessly switching from keyboards to accordion and strumming everything from eclectic guitar to bouzouki. Andrea Simakis,, "‘Come From Away’ lands its irresistible, life-affirming message about the joys of welcoming strangers," 12 July 2019 Merritt himself plays just about everything, including ukelele and a Greek instrument called a bouzouki. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Dan Chiasson," 6 June 2019 The streets are winding, the boutiques sell colorful cotton dresses and crisp linen shirts, and emanating from here and there is distinctly Greek pop music, full of trebly bouzouki sounds and minor key warblings. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 The musicians play fiddle, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo and baroque recorders. Linda Mcintosh,, "Flower Fields now in full bloom," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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“Bouzouki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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