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 guitar (audio) , gi-​ \ noun

Examples of guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His gift of guitar playing, mixed with his international acclaim is right up there with the all-time greats, and makes this selection one not to miss out on playing for friends and family. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Yemi Alade Presents Essence‘s Official Christmakwanzakah Playlist," 25 Dec. 2020 Regardless of the style, two constants remain: Urban’s singular guitar playing and vibrant vocals. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "The 10 Best Country Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 17 Dec. 2020 My house is clean, my laundry hamper is empty and the fingernails on my left hand are clipped down short enough for guitar playing. Ellyn Laub,, "Goodwill hunting is music to my ears | Opinion," 16 Dec. 2020 Lari took his guitar, his pets — two cats and a rabbit — and his marijuana. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "With ongoing landslide danger, Haines evacuees wonder when they can return home," 6 Dec. 2020 She was last seen wearing a white shirt and black shorts, carrying her guitar. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 But the country crooner would rather pick his guitar. Lincee Ray,, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Guess who’s back?," 4 Dec. 2020 For Carnival, the band changes its orchestration to be more like a marching band, adding horns and percussion, and Abigail Cosio sheds her guitar for a megaphone. Will Coviello,, "Bon Bon Vivant to record and release albums at upcoming shows at Broadside outdoor venue," 23 Nov. 2020 There’s a joyfulness and cocksure energy in Eddie’s guitar playing that slashes through the troubling mire of 2020. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Rock on, Eddie: Ranking the 10 best Van Halen albums," 9 Oct. 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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30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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