man·​do·​lin | \ ˌman-də-ˈlin How to pronounce mandolin (audio) , ˈman-də-lən\
variants: or less commonly mandoline \ ˌman-​də-​ˈlēn How to pronounce mandoline (audio) , ˈman-​də-​lən \

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

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Other Words from mandolin

mandolinist \ ˌman-​də-​ˈli-​nist How to pronounce mandolinist (audio) \ noun

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Anne’s brother, Brad Bulla, joined them, playing mandolin, lead guitar, and banjo along with the Byrds’ vocals. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 That’s because the city that the ace guitar and mandolin player hails from is actually Philadelphia, Mississippi. Dan Deluca,, "Hall & Oates' Hoagie Nation features the best-dressed (and just plain best) band in Nashville," 24 May 2018 The orchestra features mandolins, acoustic guitar, whistles, flutes, fiddles and pipes. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Come From Away:’ Amazing show closes out Broadway season in Orlando | Review," 11 June 2019 Clinton Davis, a folk musician based in San Diego, performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and piano. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 The original version incorrectly identified mandolin players as commonly employing a fingerpicking style. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Ralph Rinzler, a Greenwich Village mandolin player, came to Monroe’s defense with a 1963 cover story for Sing Out! magazine. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "‘Bill Monroe’ and ‘Blue Grass Generation’ Review: The Blue Grass Boy," 27 Sep. 2018 Julienne the carrots and cucumbers using a sharp knife or Japanese mandolin with attachment. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 A few feet away stands a troubadour with his mandolin, both sculpted using flowers. Jay Jones,, "Here's what 57,000 flowers create at Vegas' Bellagio Conservatory, where love is in the air," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of mandolin

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandolin

Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola

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English Language Learners Definition of mandolin

: a small musical instrument that has a long neck, a body that is shaped like a pear, and usually four pairs of strings


man·​do·​lin | \ ˌman-də-ˈlin How to pronounce mandolin (audio) , ˈman-də-lən\

Kids Definition of mandolin

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

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