Definition of mandolin
1 : a musical instrument of the lute family that has a usually pear-shaped body and fretted neck and four to six pairs of strings
2 usually mandoline [French, from Italian mandolino mandolin] : a kitchen utensil with a blade for slicing and shredding
mandolinistplay \ˌman-də-ˈli-nist\ noun
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Banjos, mandolins, and harmonica riffs permeate this year's heap of country/rock artists.
During a break between worship services, Hall, Meeks and Auble relax in a patch of sunlight as Sheeley, who also plays mandolin, reads through guitar chords.
One of those newcomers is John Magel, who for five years played the mandolin alone in his basement, too afraid to play with others.
Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Ill., native Michael David Hall (guitar, lead vocals); Sumter, S.C.’s Jake Singleton (harmonies, bass, percussion); and Camden, Tenn., native Ryan Holladay (guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonies). •
Helpful hints: Slice the red bell pepper and fennel in a food processor or with a mandolin.
HELPFUL HINTS Slice the red bell pepper and fennel in a food processor or with a mandolin.
Although the band from Springfield prominently features organic instrumentation, including mandolin, Ha Ha Tonka has the pop instincts associated with groups like the Head and the Heart.
Though banjos and mandolins had defined the band for years, the electric guitars and synthesizers suited large amphitheaters and big crowds.
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Origin and Etymology of mandolin
Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola
First Known Use: 1707See Words from the same year
MANDOLIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mandolin for English Language Learners
: a small musical instrument that has a long neck, a body that is shaped like a pear, and usually four pairs of strings
MANDOLIN Defined for Kids
Definition of mandolin for Students
: a musical instrument with four pairs of strings played by plucking
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