git·​tern ˈgi-tərn How to pronounce gittern (audio)
: a medieval guitar

Word History


Middle English giterne, from Middle French guiterne, modification of Old Spanish guitarra guitar

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gittern was in the 14th century

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“Gittern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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