kith·​a·​ra ˈki-thə-rə How to pronounce kithara (audio)
: an ancient Greek stringed instrument similar to but larger than the lyre and having a box-shaped resonator

Examples of kithara in a Sentence

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,, 23 July 2017

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Word History


Middle English cithara, from Latin, from Greek kithara

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kithara was in the 14th century

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“Kithara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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