stringed instrument


: a musical instrument (such as a guitar, violin, or piano) that has strings and that produces sound when the strings are touched or struck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Working with Lair and the carpenters at the sanctuary, Soldier built an elephant-size xylophone, a drum, and a single-stringed instrument that looked like a washtub bass. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 Renée's voice is arresting, powerful, but as disciplined and carefully tuned as a stringed instrument. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Mar. 2023

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“Stringed instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

stringed instrument

: any of a group of musical instruments (as the violin, harp, or piano) that is played by plucking or striking or by drawing a bow across tense strings compare brass instrument, percussion instrument, woodwind sense 1
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