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 sitarist (audio) , ˈsi-​ˌtär-​ \ noun

Examples of sitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The sitar sample plays delicately in the background, inspiring a new melodic synth lead bolstered by jazzy keys and a soft but driving rhythm. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Pls&Ty Announces 'Run Wild/Feeling Forever' Remix LP With Bondax & More: Listen," 5 Aug. 2019 Fans could be watching a sitar and tabla performance one moment, then taking in searing black metal the next. Chris Payne, Billboard, "What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Festival in 2019?," 26 June 2019 Asia O’Hara raps over a worldly track that mixes Middle Eastern sitars and tropical marimbas with a classic hip-hop drum machine. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Asia O'Hara Talks New Single 'Queen For Tonight' & Racial Bias in 'Drag Race' Fan Base," 16 June 2018 Tedeschi and Trucks take those slippery sitar lines, bends and drones and adapt them admirably for guitar. John Adamian,, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018 There’s a keyboard player who also plays guitar, and a sitar player also plays bass. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Transglobal Underground's electro-worldbeat to brighten Concert of Colors," 12 July 2018 George never became a true sitar player, but the ripple effect of his fascination with Indian art forms rewired the collective mindset of a generation. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "HariSongs Label Debuts: 7 Great Moments When George Harrison Collided With Indian Music," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of sitar was in 1828

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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