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

Other Words from guitar

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

Examples of guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In honor and recognition of the fact that Kingsland is the birthplace of Cash, a silhouette of him holding a guitar along with the town name of Kingsland in large script was painted on the water tower during the 2021 renovation project, Crosby said. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 At 15, Bradley received a guitar for his birthday, and Macatrao already played drums. Ilana Kaplan, SPIN, 10 May 2022 So while Silas wants to be a DJ, his little brother is busy all day jamming on a guitar held backwards and turning everything into a drum. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 May 2022 The tempo is slowed and Nell’s plaintive lead vocals drift in echoey layers over a steady acoustic guitar provided by Nev Cottee. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2022 That statement made, the concert returned to a celebratory vibe, as Burna ripped his shirt off and smashed a guitar before sprinting around the stage. Emanuel Okusanya, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 Lynn often sang around the house, and in 1953, Mooney bought his wife a $17 Gibson guitar and arranged for her first public performance at a local Grange Hall. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 Fyffe’s grandfather taught him carpentry and inspired him to be an artist, making everything from tiny copper sculptures of mushrooms to a 25-foot-tall guitar made out of pumpkins. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 When Henrikas Savickis is not performing at the National Theater or strumming a guitar with his drama students, this 51-year-old actor, singer and teacher from the Lithuanian city of Kaunas has an unusual side hustle. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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