Definition of Shamisen

1. Noun. A Japanese stringed instrument resembling a banjo with a long neck and three strings and a fretted fingerboard and a rectangular soundbox; played with a plectrum.

Exact synonyms: Samisen
Generic synonyms: Stringed Instrument



Definition of Shamisen

1. Noun. A kind of three-stringed Japanese fretless lute ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shamisen

1. samisen [n -S] - See also: samisen

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shamisen

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shami kebab
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shamisen (current term)
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shammos
shammosim

Literary usage of Shamisen

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"... the better- known Japanese shamisen was derived in the seventeenth century ... and shamisen is decidedly less Oriental in character than that performed ..."

2. Plays of Old Japan by Leo Duran (1921)
"(She takes her shamisen and plays a sad tune.) Oh! ... (Drawing a little dagger from her belt she cuts the strings of the shamisen. ..."

3. Little Theater Classics by Samuel Atkins Eliot (1921)
"[Att remain absolutely still while the invisible chorus of three or four singers, accompanied by two shamisen — instruments not unlike banjos but with only ..."

4. An Introduction to the History of Japan by Katsuro Hara (1920)
"... recitation accompanied by the shamisen may be traced to the Heike also. What pleased the audiences most in the Heike were the sad vicissitudes of the ..."

5. An Introduction to the History of Japan by Katsuro Hara (1920)
"... by the shamisen may be traced to the Heike also. What pleased the'audiences most in the Heike were the sad vicissitudes of the family and the gallant ..."

6. The Japanese Empire and Its Economic Conditions by Joseph Dautremer (1910)
"About 1131 a blind man from the town of Sahai invented the shamisen (guitar), for which silken strings were likewise wanted. ..."

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