kith·​a·​ra | \ ˈki-thə-rə How to pronounce kithara (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈsi-​thə-​rə How to pronounce kithara (audio) , ˈki-​ How to pronounce kithara (audio) \

Definition of kithara

: an ancient Greek stringed instrument similar to but larger than the lyre and having a box-shaped resonator

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Recent Examples on the Web Equally impressive is an unbroken amphora on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that depicts a singing, swaying Citharode, a robed young man playing the stringed kithara. Steven Litt,, "Toledo Museum of Art hosts first solo show in 25 centuries on ancient Greek Berlin Painter (photos)," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of kithara

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kithara

Middle English cithara, from Latin, from Greek kithara

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“Kithara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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