a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
A stringed musical instrument, usually with fretted fingerboard and 6 strings, played with the fingers or a plectrum (guitar pick).
To play the guitar.
Origin: From guitarra, from قيثارة, from cithara, from κιθάρα. Compare cither.
a stringed instrument of music resembling the lute or the violin, but larger, and having six strings, three of silk covered with silver wire, and three of catgut, -- played upon with the fingers
Origin: [F. guitare; cf. Pr., Sp., & Pg.guitarra, It. chitarra; all fr. Gr. ; cf. L. cithara. Cf. Cittern, Gittern.]
The guitar is a string instrument of the chordophone family constructed from wood and strung with either nylon or steel strings. The modern guitar was preceded by the lute, vihuela, four-course renaissance guitar and five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar, the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar. The tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the vibration of the strings, which is amplified by the body of the guitar, which acts as a resonating chamber. The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive fingerpicking technique. Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, use an amplifier that can electronically manipulate and shape the tone. Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but a solid body was eventually found more suitable, as it was less prone to feedback. Electric guitars have had a continuing profound influence on popular culture. Guitars are recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gi-tär′, n. a six-stringed musical instrument, somewhat like the lute, well adapted for accompanying the voice. [Fr. guitare—L. cithara—Gr. kithara, a lyre or lute. See Cithern.]
An instrument with strings used to create sound and play music.
Guitars are created in many forms, shapes, sizes and with different numbers of strings.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'guitar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3525
Rank popularity for the word 'guitar' in Nouns Frequency: #1267
The numerical value of guitar in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of guitar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Sometimes a steering wheel is better than a guitar
In terms of pushing the boundaries of the steel guitar, he was like Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar.
And that was my ability to play the guitar. Arthur and his program changed my outlook on what is possible. music has no stigma.
They said, You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar.
My God you brought this to me many times to be reworked, and the last time My God you brought it to me My God you said,' My God you should have this guitar.'.
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Translations for guitar
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- قيثارة, جيتارArabic
- guitarraCatalan, Valencian
- guitarra, jaranaSpanish
- gitaHaitian Creole
- fides, citharaLatin
- gitaarLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- agaanstsiin, daaltązhgo bee ndajinéhígííNavajo, Navaho
- violão, guitarraPortuguese
- ghitară, chitarăRomanian
- гитара, gitaraSerbo-Croatian
- ghi-ta, lục huyền cầm, đàn ghi-ta, 六絃琴Vietnamese
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