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 Plugging into a guitar amp is the best solution, but the RCA inputs on a home stereo system will work in a pinch too. Michael Calore, Wired, "All the Gear You Need to Throw a DIY Karaoke Party," 19 May 2020 Other original creations are currently in the works, Hale said -- including a specialized guitar pick and some motorcycle products. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Coronavirus face masks inspire creation of local ‘Oubie Loop’ product," 19 May 2020 Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Jorge Santana began playing guitar following his brother’s footsteps. Russell Contreras, USA TODAY, "Guitarist Jorge Santana, brother to Carlos Santana, dies at 68 of natural causes," 18 May 2020 The guitar basics lessons class was particularly popular, landing more than 1,000 views on Facebook. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "After violent 2019 summer, Dallas police plan to tackle crime without immediate help from state troopers," 14 May 2020 On the tour, a seasoned staff member will walk you through its coveted inventory and provide a history of Nashville’s great guitar legends along the way. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Hotel in Nashville Wants to Make You a Country Star (Video)," 12 May 2020 Some people use their quarantine time to master the guitar or learn to paint. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "We Pulled a Door off a Jeep Gladiator in 45 Seconds," 12 May 2020 Most of us start out with relatively inexpensive gear, for the same reason a guitar student won’t show up for his or her first lesson with a $6,000 Les Paul. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "10 Things to Know Before Your First Season of Flyfishing," 11 May 2020 The guitars are inspired by the bright tones of shoegaze but the overall aesthetic owes a debt to late '80s art rock. Courtney E. Smith,, "New Music To Know: Wafia Bops Through Heartbreak While Lianne La Havas Gets Introspective & More," 8 May 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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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