si·​tar | \ si-ˈtär How to pronounce sitar (audio) , ˈsi-ˌtär \

Definition of sitar

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

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Other Words from sitar

sitarist \ si-​ˈtär-​ist How to pronounce sitar (audio) , ˈsi-​ˌtär-​ \ noun

Examples of sitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shankar, the Indian sitar maestro who had famously influenced Beatles guitarist George Harrison, didn’t disappoint. oregonlive, "‘Disaster’ Portland rock festival 50 years ago -- no, not Vortex I -- offered big stars, but drug-bust rumors scared off crowds," 11 June 2020 Friday and Saturday nights are accompanied by live sitar music, courtesy of Masroor’s cousin. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "With Aracosia, McLean gets its wish: A taste of Afghan," 7 Feb. 2020 The track is a pumping mélange of bright beats, rough guitar riffs, and hypnotic sitar lines, with Cardigan’s deeply emotive voice soaring over all. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Chaz Cardigan Embraces the Weird with His Gummy Bear-Laden 'Not OK!' Video: Premiere," 23 Jan. 2020 While home, the blond energetic guitarist, also a skilled bassist, has also been meaning to finally get around to restringing his sitar. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama guitarist on joining classic heavy-metal band," 1 Apr. 2020 The Beatles' guitarist first picked up the sitar during the filming of the group’s preposterous slapstick film Help! in 1965. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "HariSongs Label Debuts: 7 Great Moments When George Harrison Collided With Indian Music," 27 Apr. 2018 Their use of instruments that are typically omitted from Western traditions, like the sitar and sarod, give the compositions a fresh twist. Courtney E. Smith,, "You Can Totally Work From Home With These Playlists," 20 Mar. 2020 Young women on streetcorners bring out sitars and synthesizers and big wooden drums, the better to get the crowd dancing the young men’s way. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 George Harrison flew in by helicopter for a sitar session with Ravi Shankar. The Economist, "Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sitar

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sitar

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

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“Sitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sitar

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

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