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
Recent Examples of mandolin from the Web
Helpful hints: Slice the red bell pepper and fennel in a food processor or with a mandolin.
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Origin and Etymology of mandolin
Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola
First Known Use: 1707
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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