mandolin

noun man·do·lin \ ˌman-də-ˈlin , ˈman-də-lən \
variants: or less commonly mandoline play \ˌman-də-ˈlēn, ˈman-də-lən\
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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

mandolinist

play \ˌman-də-ˈli-nist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of mandolin

Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola


MANDOLIN Defined for English Language Learners

mandolin

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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

mandolin

noun man·do·lin \ ˌman-də-ˈlin , ˈman-də-lən \

Definition of mandolin for Students

: a musical instrument with four pairs of strings played by plucking


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