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
guitaristplay \gə-ˈtär-ist, gi-\ noun
Recent Examples of guitar from the Web
According to People, a group of teenage fans also camped out at a nearby lighthouse hoping for a sighting of their great leader, only to receive 1989 guitar picks sent over by Taylor’s dad.
Guitar sales have dropped by a third over the past decade.
CFM is led by Charles Frances Moothart, a frequent collaborator with Ty Segall and a master of overdriven guitar freak-outs.
His deep, rich voice coupled with his guitar skills and accompanied by a strobe-light display captured the emotional core of the song.
The program will feature Dr. Joseph Talleda on the piano, Gerard Ortega, tenor, and Alvaro Bermudez on charango and guitar.
Kicking off with an appearance at this year's Monterey Pop Festival—basically the festival that created music festivals, and the place where Jimi Hendrix made his name after lighting his guitar on fire—
Prince's black and red suit that night will be in a special showcase, along with the blue bass guitar Tina Weymouth played when the Talking Heads were inducted in 2002.
But the near unrelenting pace, with guitars amplified like 747s and evergreen singer Robin Zander, 64, riding atop, makes for an exhausting listen.
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Origin and Etymology of guitar
French guitare, from Spanish guitarra, from Arabic qītār, from Greek kithara cithara
First Known Use: 1668See Words from the same year
GUITAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guitar for English Language Learners
: 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
GUITAR Defined for Kids
Definition of guitar for Students
: a musical instrument with six strings played by plucking or strumming
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