dul·​ci·​mer | \ ˈdəl-sə-mər How to pronounce dulcimer (audio) \

Definition of dulcimer

1 : a stringed instrument of trapezoidal shape played with light hammers held in the hands
2 or less commonly dulcimore \ -​ˌmȯr How to pronounce dulcimore (audio) \ : 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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In trying to be part of the culture there, Schellhammer purchased a mountain dulcimer and learned to play it. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Photographer Robert Schellhammer likes ‘to bring out the beauty of things’," 17 July 2019 There’s bluegrass music, bell-ringing, rail-splitting, and dulcimer-making, but the highlight is seeing (and hearing) 100-pound iron anvils jettisoned into the air by exploding gunpowder. National Geographic, "Here’s where to spend an unforgettable 4th of July," 1 July 2019 The first of two sessions begins at 1 p.m. with mountain dulcimer instruction, followed by hammered dulcimer instruction at 3 p.m. Instruments will be on hand for individuals who do not have their own. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora event to celebrate city's ethnic food traditions," 19 Apr. 2018 Donna Dufresne brought her guitar, Tom French his violin, Leslie Sweetnam a mountain dulcimer. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "SING: A Monthly Community Sing-A-Long," 3 Apr. 2018 String band to perform An evening of mountain dulcimer and string band music featuring Ken Lehnig and Kevin Roth will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Flower Fields recruiting and more community news," 8 Jan. 2018 The dance will feature a dulcimer and fiddle music by the Scantlin' Reunion band and Dona Benkert will call. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Garfield Farm Museum celebrates 1841 farm purchase with Contra Dance," 6 July 2017 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. Harriet Baskas, NBC News, "Swashbucklin’ by the Seashore, and Other June Vacation Ideas," 2 June 2017 Artists will instruct senior citizens in playing the dulcimer in a multi-day workshop. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Sloss Furnaces to launch world-class tech hub for artists through National Endowment for the Arts," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of dulcimer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dulcimer

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

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English Language Learners Definition of dulcimer

: 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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