Definition of dulcimer
1 : a stringed instrument of trapezoidal shape played with light hammers held in the hands
2 or dulcimoreplay \-ˌmȯr\ : an American folk instrument with three or four strings stretched over an elongate fretted sound box that is held on the lap and played by plucking or strumming
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And music lovers of all skill levels will gather in dozens of cities for single-instrument jam sessions for everything from accordions, cellos and dulcimers to harmonica, ukuleles, violins and voices.
Artists will instruct senior citizens in playing the dulcimer in a multi-day workshop.
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Origin and Etymology of dulcimer
Middle English dowcemere, from Middle French doulcemer, from Old Italian dolcimelo, from dolce sweet, from Latin dulcis
First Known Use: 15th century
DULCIMER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dulcimer for English Language Learners
: a flat musical instrument that has strings stretched across it and is played with two light hammers
: an instrument used in American folk music that has three or four strings, is held on the lap, and is played with the fingers, a pick, or a small stick
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