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 guitarist (audio) , gi-​ \ noun

Examples of guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From punchy drums to satisfying plucks of the guitar, everything sounded good. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "These Veho True Wireless Earphones deliver on value at the cost of bass," 29 June 2020 Jean opened his set with a radical guitar solo while a kick snare played in the background. Shamika Sanders, Essence, "Wyclef Jean, Raphael Saadiq and India.Arie Kick Off ESSENCE Festival’s First Night Of Concerts," 28 June 2020 Carr, who was considered in the same league with Duane Allman, moved from Florida to Alabama in 1966 to play guitar for a band called The Five Minutes. Lee Roop |, al, "Legendary Muscle Shoals guitarist Pete Carr dead at 70," 27 June 2020 In the '90s, the band's unparalleled sound folded together the chunky grooves and raspy vocals of grunge with guitar tones that had both the enveloping heft of shoegaze and the weight of early nu-metal. Alex Suskind,, "Friday Five: Jessie Ware takes it to Studio 54, the return of Hum, and more," 27 June 2020 This isn't the first Cloud guitar of Prince's to be auctioned. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Iconic Prince 'Blue Angel' guitar, that was once considered lost, is sold for over $500,000," 20 June 2020 Enter the short scale bass: a stylish and compact alternative to full scale instruments that clocks in about 5 inches shorter and can fit into a regular-sized guitar bag. Popular Science, "Four easy-to-play, short scale electric basses," 19 June 2020 What brought him some comfort was the silver necklace hanging on the wall, waiting for him with a guitar and a prayer. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, "Despite coronavirus, children are still arriving at the border. They're being turned away.," 11 June 2020 In a matter of weeks, Ogle, who only knew how to play classic guitar, taught herself how to play an electric one — an entirely different beast. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "CEO rocks it on stage: ‘Don’t listen to the naysayers who say you can’t be successful and a woman’," 7 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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 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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