cit·​tern | \ ˈsi-tərn How to pronounce cittern (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cithern \ ˈsi-​t͟hərn How to pronounce cithern (audio) , -​thərn \ or cithren \ ˈsi-​thrən How to pronounce cithren (audio) \

Definition of cittern

: a Renaissance stringed instrument like a guitar with a flat pear-shaped body

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The group brings to the stage a diverse array of instruments, including the accordion, fiddle, bodhran, and cittern, along with vocals and an element of dance. Grace Dickinson,, "5 Irish events in Philly to keep that St. Pat's spirit going," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cittern

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cittern

blend of cither and gittern

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