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 Musicians onstage included Atlanta Rhythm Section/Brother Cane guitar slinger Dave Anderson, who played chunky rhythms and even busted out an electric sitar for one song. Matt Wake |, al, 16 May 2022 Their gigs feature smooth chemistry and elaborate jams on guitar and a sitar wielded by Kurosawa’s brother, Ryu. Hunter Walker, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2022 The track features sitar accompaniment by Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 Jack Antonoff gave you his vintage electric sitar when the album was finished. Chris Willman, Variety, 3 Jan. 2022 Hence electric sitar turning up on seven of the album's 14 tracks and one song drifting into Pink Floyd's corner of the galaxy. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 15 Dec. 2021 There’s Thom Bell sitar, Ernie Isley guitar, melodies hoisted aloft on cushiony beds of glockenspiel, congas, violas, violins, and cellos. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2021 On several new tunes, Falkner plucked sitar-like sounds on electric guitar while Clark played steel guitar using her long rectangular microphone as a slide. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 The sitar and the vaguely Eastern-sounding melody get most of the attention, but this first-person tale of grief wouldn’t have been half so menacing without Watts’s dark, unrelenting stomp during the verses., 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Sitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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