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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sitarnoun

    a stringed instrument of India; has a long neck and movable frets; has 6 or 7 metal strings for playing and usually 13 resonating strings


  1. sitarnoun

    A Hindustani/Indian stringed classical musical instrument, typically having a gourd as its resonating chamber.

  2. Etymology: From سه‌تار, meaning “three strings”.


  1. Sitar

    The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument derived from Veena, used mainly in Hindustani music, or Indian classical music. It is believed to be modified in the Mughal period to conform with the tastes of Persian patrons and named after a Persian instrument called the setar in North India. It subsequently underwent many changes, and the modern sitar evolved in 18th century India. It derives its distinctive timbre and resonance from sympathetic strings, bridge design, a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber. Used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, the sitar became known in the western world through the work of Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s after the Kinks' top 10 single "See My Friends" featured a low tuned drone guitar which was widely mistaken to be the instrument. The sitar saw further use in popular music after the Beatles featured the sitar in their compositions "Norwegian Wood", "Within You Without You" and "Love You To". Their use of the instrument came as a result of George Harrison's taking lessons on how to play it from Shankar and Shambhu Das. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones also used a sitar in "Paint It Black" and a brief fad began for using the instrument in pop songs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sitar

    sit′ar, n. an Oriental form of guitar.

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  2. arist

  3. astir

  4. stair

  5. stria

  6. tarsi

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sitar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sitar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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