gui·​tar | \ gə-ˈtär How to pronounce guitar (audio) , 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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Illustration of guitar

guitar: 1 electric, 2 acoustic

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Other Words from guitar

guitarist \ gə-​ˈtär-​ist How to pronounce guitarist (audio) , gi-​ \ noun

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The Milk Carton Kids are an acoustic guitar and vocals duo from California. John Adamian,, "Milk Carton Kids bringing their poetic, powerful music to College Street," 7 June 2019 Nick, Joe and Kevin–were pastor’s kids from Wyckoff, N.J., who made guitar pop that earned them a spot in the Disney fold, starring in original movies like Camp Rock and, eventually, their own Disney Channel series, Jonas. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How the Jonas Brothers Grew Up and Got Cool," 6 June 2019 Go-Go infused with sounds ranging from infectious drums to electric guitars or even cowbells. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Bill Could Make Go-go Music The Official Sound Of D.C.," 5 June 2019 After his rise to stardom, Perkins discussed how an elderly black field worker named John Westbrook taught him guitar. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Lil Nas X isn’t an anomaly — black people have always been a part of country music," 5 June 2019 Raffle tickets are available to win a custom Fender Telecaster guitar (modeled after a 1951 Fender broadcaster/telecaster) donated by Charles Carter of Guitar Restorations valued at $1,000., "International stars to headline first Havre de Grace Jazz and Blues Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019 According to Quincy Jones, Allen was also an excellent guitar player. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65," 15 Oct. 2018 Gibson, founded in 1894, sells over 170,000 guitars annually in 80 countries. Fortune, "Gibson Guitars Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy," 1 May 2018 Only this time, Loeb herself appeared guitar in hand to perform the beloved hit to an audience that went into immediate hysterics over the wistful ballad. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "25 Years Later, the Cast and Crew of Reality Bites Reunites for a Special Screening," 7 May 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce guitar (audio) \

Kids Definition of guitar

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

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