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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After hours of nonstop dancing, Rob Thomas took his guitar out and performed a late-night jam session while tamales, esquites, and tacos were served up as snacks on the beach—the perfect ending to this beautiful, bohemian wedding. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly’s Barefoot Wedding on the Beach," 3 Dec. 2018 When Katie has a chance encounter with her lifelong crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger) while out at night playing her guitar, everything changes for her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Romantic Movies You Have to See in 2018 if You're a Hopeless Romantic," 24 Aug. 2018 He wasn't hurt, though, and immediately hopped back up and picked up his guitar. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Falls on Stage at a Concert, Later Jokes He’d Been ‘Drinking a Lot’," 16 July 2018 In this musical comedy, a finance bro falls off the corporate ladder and picks up his high school guitar. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 During Dia de los Muertos, Miguel decides to steal his idol's guitar in hopes of competing in a local music competition. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "15 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 28 Aug. 2018 Two originals – Patrick Simmons and singer/songwriter Tom Johnston – plus longtimer John McFee (wearing his signature kilt), are the guitar trio in the center. John Timpane,, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018 This is music with shake-you-up hooks, frenzied tempos, gnarly guitars and anthemic vocals. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 Alan Longmuir, a founding member of the hitmaking 1970s pop band the Bay City Rollers who played multiple instruments, including bass guitar and keyboards, died July 2 in Scotland. Washington Post, "Alan Longmuir, co-founder of the Bay City Rollers, dies at 70," 3 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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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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