gui·tar | \ gə-ˈtär , gi- , especially Southern and Midland US also ˈgi-ˌtär \

Definition of guitar 

: a flat-bodied stringed instrument with a long fretted neck and usually six strings played with a pick or with the fingers

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guitar: 1 electric, 2 acoustic

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Other words from guitar

guitarist \gə-ˈtär-ist, gi- \ noun

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Turner got his start as part of an English hardcore band before going solo with an acoustic guitar. James Sullivan,, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 2018 My manager blamed England for the bad press: America had a longer memory and a greater love of the acoustic guitar as a means of folk-rock statement and storytelling. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Siren Song’ Review: An Ear for What Was Next," 14 June 2018 Seriously, 'Tin Man' and 'Lonely People' are two soft-rock mainstays, in the repertoire of every small club singer with an acoustic guitar. Mike Oliver,, "Catch up to my vinyl countdown," 14 Apr. 2018 Wearing a black turtleneck and her blond hair pulled into a ponytail, Swift strapped on a black acoustic guitar and launched into the pop song with a fervor reminiscent of an arena show. Cindy Watts, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift surprises fans (and shoots whiskey!) at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe," 1 Apr. 2018 Young people easily recognize the guitar, the piano, and even the trumpet – but the nay for them is often a mystery. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 Auxiliary members include Amaury Cambuzat, who plays guitar, and Tim Barnes on drums. James Sullivan,, "For krautrock icons Faust, the revolution goes on," 11 July 2018 Acoustic and electronic instruments, from cello to guitar, violin and percussion. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Ludovico: The piano’s quiet rock star talks about his first Houston concert," 11 July 2018 O’Rourke, who plays bass guitar, even jammed with Willie Nelson at the country music legend’s annual Fourth of July Picnic in Austin. Kevin Diaz And Alejandra Matos, San Antonio Express-News, "O’Rourke vs. Cruz draws millions in contributions from outside of Texas," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of guitar

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guitar

French guitare, from Spanish guitarra, from Arabic qītār, from Greek kithara cithara

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The first known use of guitar was in 1668

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English Language Learners Definition of guitar

: a musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick


gui·tar | \ gə-ˈtär \

Kids Definition of guitar

: a musical instrument with six strings played by plucking or strumming

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