sitar

play
noun si·tar \ si-ˈtär , ˈsi-ˌtär \

Definition of sitar

:an Indian lute with a long neck and a varying number of strings

sitarist

play \si-ˈtär-ist, ˈsi-ˌtär-\ noun

Recent Examples of sitar from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sitar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of sitar

Origin and Etymology of sitar

Hindi & Urdu sitār, from Persian, a three-stringed lute, from sih three + tār string, thread


SITAR Defined for English Language Learners

sitar

play
noun

Definition of sitar for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument from India that is like a guitar and that has a long neck and a round body


Learn More about sitar


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sitar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!