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

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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 She had just been accepted into a sitar class, a notable achievement for a student of her age. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 The Beatles pulled it off, incorporating everything from British music-hall entertainment to Indian sitar into their kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Heaven and Earth’ by Kamasi Washington Review: Musical Miracle Worker?," 20 June 2018 Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Samarth Nagarkar, Josh Feinberg Vocal; sitar; Ehren Hanson, and Satish Tare, tabla. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 7 June 2018 Less impressive than his two earlier, flamboyantly symphonic sitar concertos, Shankar's third didn't make much of an impression with Orpheus. Mark Swed,, "The Pacific Symphony lives up to its name, with the help of India," 13 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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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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