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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Illustration of guitar

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 He will be joined by Gabe Jones (drums), Bryan Golden (piano/keys), Jordan Wright (keys) and Willie Ross (guitar). cleveland, "Tri-C JazzFest announces lineup for virtual festival," 18 June 2020 Parton already has a monument of her likeness — in 1987, her hometown of Sevierville, Tenn., erected a statue of the singer holding a guitar in front of its courthouse. Rachel Yang,, "Henry Winkler, Ted Cruz, and more fans want Dolly Parton to replace statue of KKK leader," 17 June 2020 Other items in the Camp Rainbow Gold lot include a 15-minute Zoom concert with Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke, as well as a guitar signed by singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Keanu wants to go on a Zoom date with you -- for a good cause," 17 June 2020 Former Michigan hockey player Cooper Marody put his lips to the microphone in his home studio, strummed his guitar and began singing. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan hockey player Cooper Marody releases song for late teammate Colby Cave," 13 June 2020 Mr Tamborello’s signature glitchy sounds are built into rhythms plundered from dance music, which Mr Gibbard’s guitar and vocals turn into energetic yet charming pop songs. The Economist, "Home Entertainment “Give Up” is a fitting pandemic soundtrack—in more ways than one," 11 June 2020 The new album also features Hubbard’s son Lucas on guitar and regular drummer Kyle Schneider. Hector Saldana,, "Ray Wylie Hubbard gets a little help from his friends Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh on new CD ‘Co-Starring’," 10 June 2020 Their sound is as timeless as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s mix of blues guitar with husky vocals. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "New Alaska music: Concrete to Clouds examines social media, Blackwater records from the island and Emma Hill releases a new video.," 10 June 2020 Dozens of other musicians were invited to help on the project, while Kunin’s husband had multiple roles, from playing guitar and percussion to drum and synth programming. USA TODAY, "The Dalai Lama is releasing an 11-track album on his 85th birthday in July," 9 June 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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21 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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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