zith·​er | \ ˈzi-t͟hər How to pronounce zither (audio) , -thər How to pronounce zither (audio) \

Definition of zither

: a stringed instrument having usually 30 to 40 strings over a shallow horizontal soundboard and played with pick and fingers

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Other Words from zither

zitherist \ ˈzi-​t͟hə-​rist How to pronounce zitherist (audio) , -​thə-​ How to pronounce zitherist (audio) \ noun

Examples of zither in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Composer Anton Karas played the entire thing on the zither. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 Ak Dan Gwang Chil Ak Dan Gwang Chil from South Korea draws on folk (minyo) and ritual (gut) styles from what is now western North Korea, and performed at Globalfest on traditional Korean instruments: zithers, flutes, drums, gongs. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World," 13 Jan. 2020 One writes, one paints, one plays the zither in order to perfect one’s character, to attain moral fulfillment by ensuring that one’s individual humanity is in harmony with the rhythms of universal creation. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Something to celebrate: Four literary gems that have survived the vagaries of publishing," 2 Oct. 2019 The 15th annual bash as interpreted by Funky Buddha will feature live music and dance from Alpine Express Band, the Auerhahn Schuhplattlers and yodeler-zither-accordion player Sepp Diepolder. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Prost! Top South Florida Oktoberfest parties for beer, bratwursts and German dancing," 27 Sep. 2019 Some of the best folk and Americana artists have performed on the venue’s stage, beneath a dusty banjo and a trumpet in a low building where zithers and harps were once made. Los Angeles Times, "Cultural Divide: All 77 counties voted for Trump. These musicians are fighting to turn Oklahoma blue," 5 Sep. 2019 At this rate, everyone will soon be pairing their Batsheva dresses with a zither. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Adele Transforms Into Another Famous Country Singer on Instagram," 15 Jan. 2019 Several Malian performers take part in the performance, including Ballaké Sissoko, a virtuoso on the kora (a kind of harp-lute), while the Malagasy musician Rajery plays valiha (Madagascar’s signature bamboo-tube zither). Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "‘The Routes of Slavery’ traces a musical journey of resilience in the face of inhumanity," 31 Oct. 2018 Guzheng, also known as a Chinese zither, is an ancient Chinese musical instrument. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of zither

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zither

German, from Old High German zitara, cithara, from Latin cithara cithara — more at cither

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The first known use of zither was in 1850

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13 Sep 2020

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“Zither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zither. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of zither

: a musical instrument that has strings stretched across a shallow wooden box and that is played with your fingers or a pick


zith·​er | \ ˈzi-t͟hər How to pronounce zither (audio) , -thər \

Kids Definition of zither

: a musical instrument with usually 30 to 40 strings that are plucked with the fingers or with a pick

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