Definition of Gittern

1. Noun. A 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings.

Exact synonyms: Cither, Cithern, Citole, Cittern
Generic synonyms: Guitar



Definition of Gittern

1. n. An instrument like a guitar.

2. v. i. To play on gittern.

Definition of Gittern

1. Noun. A relatively small, quill-plucked, gut-strung musical instrument, a predecessor of the guitar, that originated around the 13th century and came to Europe via Moorish Spain. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gittern

1. a medieval guitar [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gittern

gitano
gitanos
gitch
gite
gites
gith
githagism
gitoformate
gitogenin
gitonin
gitoxigenin
gitoxin
gits
gitted
gitter cell
gittern (current term)
gitterned
gitterns
gitterzelle
gitties
gittin
gitting
gittinsite
gittith
gittiths
gitty
giuen
giuseppettite
giust
giusted

Literary usage of Gittern

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

1. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1853)
"... A fourth bestrides his fellow, thinking to 'scape Still fumbling on a gittern. The rude multitude, (As did Arion) on the dolphin's back, Cast from the ..."

2. The Archaeological Journal by British Archaeological Association (1915)
"The ninth angel is performing on the gittern (plate 1x, no. ... In the gittern, the neck is a continuation of the body of equal thickness throughout its ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"4. who seemed to eing maugre the Pluses, and to be merry A gittern ill-played on, accompanied with a hoarse voice, iu spite of Fortune, made them look the ..."

4. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"Ben Jonson ludicrously introduces cittern and gittern as different ; but possibly without accuracy, in so loose a composition : desire. ..."

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