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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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

Recent Examples on the Web International Guitar Night — The mobile guitar festival is returning to Anchorage after selling out last season. Anchorage Daily News, "Boogie tunes in Anchorage this week: Hot Dish, International Guitar Night and Clinton Fearon," 16 Jan. 2020 There's something sooo satisfying about watching the construction of this amazing guitar -- made with hundreds and hundreds of colored pencils! Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 16: Impeachment, Russia, China, immigration, Syria," 16 Jan. 2020 The suspect came back to the same church Jan. 6 and stole two more guitars. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 Playback capabilities will be available to those bringing music on a smartphone or memory stick, and drum sets, keyboards, bass and guitar amps will be available on site for the auditions. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GospelFest 2020 at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum April 10 is holding auditions Saturday," 14 Jan. 2020 Rush was formed in 1968 but found its long-term identity — as the trio of Geddy Lee on vocals, keyboards, and bass, Alex Lifeson on guitars, and Mr. Peart on drums — after Mr. Peart replaced the band’s founding drummer, John Rutsey, in 1974., "Neil Peart, drummer for Rush, dies at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 Johnson and the lead singer from one of his LA bands are working on putting lyrics to four songs Johnson created guitar melodies for. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Uptown Phoenix is getting a new rock ’n’ roll-inspired cocktail bar. Here's what to expect," 9 Jan. 2020 Onetime teen guitar sensation JONNY LANG stops by Sound Board on Sunday with material from a career that spans 20-plus years. Greg Crawford,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Plymouth Ice Festival, hypnosis-improv show 'Hyprov'," 8 Jan. 2020 That causes waves to travel sluggishly through warm regions, said Garnero, like the slower vibrations moving through a loose guitar string. Quanta Magazine, "Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guitar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce guitar (audio)

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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