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

Illustration of guitar

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

Examples of guitar in a Sentence

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Shawn's guitar was there along with some equipment with his name on it. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus Might Perform Together at the 2019 Grammys!," 7 Feb. 2019 Aside from the aforementioned role in Lords of Chaos, De La Torre also apparently plays guitar in his spare time (Condor liked the photo below, because, well, obviously). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Anthony De La Torre, Lana Condor's Boyfriend and Fellow Actor?," 7 Feb. 2019 The 22 year old 13 Reasons Why star sings and plays rhythm guitar in Wallows, alongside bandmates Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Star Dylan Minnette's Band Is Playing Coachella 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 Jablonsky's score for Skyscraper features electric and acoustic guitars in addition to the orchestral instrumentation. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Composer Didn't Want a Marvel-Style Score," 12 July 2018 Listening to music, the Nari Ultimate will pulse insistently in time with the kick drum, rumble along with a synth, bounce to the bass guitar. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 His parents bought him his first guitar for the sweetest reason. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Chris Kroeze," 17 Dec. 2018 In the end, the Griffins and Gargoyles scandal and his dad's death leads him to ditch his big baseball dreams, sell his guitar, and begin breaking rocks. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Despite small elements of hamminess—some unnecessary slo-mo, some bad guitar solo in the soundtrack—Sacred Games remains throughout its eight episodes a highly distinctive cop procedural. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 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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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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