cith·​a·​ra ˈsi-thə-rə How to pronounce cithara (audio) ˈki- How to pronounce cithara (audio)

variant of kithara

: an ancient Greek stringed instrument similar to but larger than the lyre and having a box-shaped resonator

Examples of cithara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, Nero often played a type of lyre called a cithara. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2023 For his part, Nero gave himself over to the pursuits that mattered most to him—chariot-driving, singing, poetry and playing the cithara, a stringed instrument like a lyre but more complex and much harder to master. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2020

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“Cithara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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