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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Illustration of guitar

guitar: 1 electric, 2 acoustic

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Other Words from guitar

guitarist \ gə-​ˈtär-​ist , gi-​ \ noun

Examples of guitar in a Sentence

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Intrigued by arts and music An avid music lover, guitar player and noted Jimi Hendrix fan, Mr. Allen was a significant supporter of the local music community. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner, dies at 65," 16 Oct. 2018 While in London, the superstar decided to take a break in front of Buckingham Palace and entertain a crowd of fans, including his fiancee, Haily Baldwin, with an impromptu guitar show. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Justin Bieber serenades Hailey Baldwin in front of fans outside Buckingham Palace," 19 Sep. 2018 Backed by nothing more than a few guitar chords, listeners are gifted with a beautiful, focused song that shows off Tash’s sultry, smooth pipes. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Tash Sultana Shows A More Vulnerable Side With 'Harvest Love': Exclusive Premiere," 12 July 2018 The Hard Rock, which was the former Trump Taj Mahal, held a mass guitar smashing ceremony inside its concert arena, which holds nearly 8,000 fans., "Rubius Therapeutics to build manufacturing facility in R.I.," 29 June 2018 The world’s largest display of rare vintage guitars is estimated to be worth more than $200 million and belongs to a group of anonymous collectors. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, her younger brother Marty was on guitar and Martina, of course, was on vocals and keyboards, according to People. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fascinating Things About 'America's Got Talent' Guest Judge Martina McBride," 31 July 2018 The New York Times added Cagney used his time outside of Hollywood pursuing his other passions, including writing, playing classical guitar and sailing. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hollywood 'gangster' James Cagney preferred life on a farm over Hollywood," 20 July 2018 The characters play the piano and other instruments including guitar and ukulele during the show. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Marriott Theatre's 'Pinkalicious:' Silly, but honest," 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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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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