mandola

noun
man·​do·​la | \ man-ˈdō-lə How to pronounce mandola (audio) \

Definition of mandola

: a 16th and 17th century lute that is the ancestor of the smaller mandolin

Examples of mandola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, a Venezuelan folk band strummed a bass guitar and two guitar-like instruments — a cuatro and a mandola — amid piles of blankets and bags of clothes. Jay Reeves, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2017 Inside, a Venezuelan folk band strummed a bass guitar and two guitar-like instruments -- a cuatro and a mandola -- amid piles of blankets and bags of clothes. CBS News, 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mandola

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mandola

Italian, from French mandore, modification of Late Latin pandura 3-stringed lute — more at bandore

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“Mandola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandola. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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