ukulele

noun
uku·​le·​le | \ˌyü-kə-ˈlā-lē, ˌü-\
variants: or less commonly ukelele

Definition of ukulele 

: a small guitar of Portuguese origin popularized in Hawaii in the 1880s and strung typically with four strings

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Jessica Latshaw enchanted us with her ukulele and the super-funky and fresh rapper Shin B was—in a word—SPUNKY! Laurie Espino, Seventeen, "Concert Recap: Girls Who Rock!," 23 May 2012 Or when Kendall thinks playing her ukulele will calm the baby. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: We Need to Talk About the 'Russian Witch Hunt'," 5 Sep. 2018 Saturday, July 21st Cartoon Network will chat about its upcoming season of the animated show with creator Rebecca Sugar (who will bring her ukulele) along with cast members Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall, and Zach Callison. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: all the best panels, news, and trailers to look for," 17 July 2018 There’s the lightsaber toting Skywalker OG or Maui Waui, who carries around a ukulele and wears a lei. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 Stephanie Vo-Nguyen of Madison High School is a senior who loves singing and playing the ukulele. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "2018 Rose Festival Queen is Kiara Johnson of Parkrose High," 9 June 2018 The characters play the piano and other instruments including guitar and ukulele during the show. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Marriott Theatre's 'Pinkalicious:' Silly, but honest," 11 July 2018 Yes, prison ukuleles are available and make a thoughtful souvenir for friends and family back home. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Cook Islands: The tropical paradise you need to visit before everyone else does," 13 June 2018 Bieber dates a model named Baskin Champion; Gomez flaunts post-breakup ukulele. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of ukulele

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ukulele

Hawaiian ʽukulele, from ʽuku flea + lele jumping

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Ukrainian

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The first known use of ukulele was in 1896

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ukulele

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ukulele

: a musical instrument that is like a small guitar with four strings

ukulele

noun
uku·​le·​le | \ˌyü-kə-ˈlā-lē \

Kids Definition of ukulele

: a musical instrument like a small guitar with four strings

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