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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guitar: 1 electric, 2 acoustic

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Other Words from guitar

guitarist \gə-ˈtär-ist, gi- \ noun

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Joshua plays the piano and drums, Manny the guitar, and Bethany the bass. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Mel B Breaks Down in Tears After We Three's Performance on 'America's Got Talent'," 30 May 2018 With original tunes and technical prowess, this trio from Boston is mesmerizing audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, and three-part harmony. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 15 May 2018 These Derby hosts were named top in America Can't afford the guitar but want to hear more of the rock legend's music? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Bon Jovi guitarist to burn up stage at Barnstable Brown Derby gala with one-of-a-kind guitar," 2 May 2018 One of Noah's sisters, Kayla, played guitar softly. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "He fought rare cancer with a smile, and support of a Carolina Panthers defensive end," 22 June 2018 The beams, roughly the size of a bacterium, could oscillate up and down like a plucked guitar string. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance’ spotted in objects almost big enough to see," 25 Apr. 2018 His hands fluctuate quickly behind an assortment of electronic gizmos and a guitar. Liz Ohanesian, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Masked Musician From Boyle Heights Is Using Technology to Build Community," 13 Apr. 2018 Also in the class, hair band extraordinaire Bon Jovi, MTV favorites Dire Straits, prog-rock pioneers the Moody Blues, activist and pianist Nina Simone and the guitar-shredding gospel-blues singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Chuck Yarborough,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Meet the inductees," 8 Apr. 2018 Turner got his start as part of an English hardcore band before going solo with an acoustic guitar. James Sullivan,, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 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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The first known use of guitar was in 1668

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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