dulcimer

noun dul·ci·mer \ ˈdəl-sə-mər \

Definition of dulcimer

1 :a stringed instrument of trapezoidal shape played with light hammers held in the hands
2 or dulcimore play \-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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Origin and Etymology of dulcimer

Middle English dowcemere, from Middle French doulcemer, from Old Italian dolcimelo, from dolce sweet, from Latin dulcis


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dulcimer

noun

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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