cit·​tern ˈsi-tərn How to pronounce cittern (audio)
variants or less commonly cithern
ˈsi-t͟hərn How to pronounce cittern (audio)
or cithren
: a Renaissance stringed instrument like a guitar with a flat pear-shaped body

Examples of cittern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 4 Apr. 2018

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Word History


blend of cither and gittern

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cittern was in 1566

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“Cittern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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