cith·​a·​rist | \ ˈsithərə̇st, ˈki-; kiˈthärə̇st \
variants: or less commonly citharista \ ˌsithəˈristə , ˌki-​ \
plural -s

Definition of citharist

: a player on the cithara

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First Known Use of citharist

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citharist

citharist from Middle English, from Middle French cithariste, from Latin citharista, from Greek kitharistēs, from kithara cithara + -istēs -ist; citharista from Latin

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“Citharist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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