Definition of bouzouki in English:


nounplural noun bouzoukis, plural noun bouzoukia/-kyä/

  • A long-necked Greek instrument similar to the mandolin.

    ‘Laika is an urban style of song, developed at the beginning of the twentieth century, which may feature the bouzouki, a long-necked stringed instrument.’
    • ‘The oud is an ancient Arabic guitar, the forerunner of today's acoustic guitar, and the bouzouki is a Greek guitar.’
    • ‘From there it was off to a Greek restaurant (you may have spotted a theme here) where our hero played the bouzouki, sang the Greek national anthem and posed for a thousand photographs.’
    • ‘Lixouri is a pleasant, quiet village with an appealing square lined with restaurants, from which can be heard on balmy evenings the strains of the bouzouki and the mandolin.’
    • ‘Instrumentally, it's audacious, with trumpets, bouzoukis, violins and music-boxes weaving unpredictable paths through the guitars and drum programmes.’
    • ‘He divides his skills between the Highland pipes, the smallpipes and various whistles, with deft accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, harp, fiddle, piano and cello.’
    • ‘I used to be a rock guitarist before learning the bouzouki.’
    • ‘Performances are said to generate an atmosphere of drama and romance with a full-blooded blend of flamenco guitar and Greek bouzouki.’
    • ‘He plays bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar.’
    • ‘I'd be disappointed at the Opening Ceremony if there weren't a million - well, let's be realistic, 10,000 - bouzoukis being played in unison.’
    • ‘Forms of traditional entertainment include folk dances performed by dance troupes wearing colorful costumes, with accompaniment led by the bouzouki.’
    • ‘He enjoys playing the bouzouki and writing about himself in the third person.’
    • ‘He is a fine self-accompanist on bouzouki and mandola.’
    • ‘The seven young musicians play an exciting assortment of instruments including bodhran, accordion, bouzouki, guitar, bass, fiddle, Asturian bagpipes and flute.’
    • ‘‘We are not going to sleep tonight,’ he added as he danced to Greek bouzouki music in the capital Nicosia.’
    • ‘It was beastly hot and the tape of Greek bouzouki music I had in the player was singularly appropriate.’
    • ‘Evoking that golden age, here is a beautiful album showing just those subtle shades of pace, interaction, understanding and sheer understated skill, on flute and fiddle with piano, guitar and bouzouki accompaniment.’
    • ‘Flute, fiddle and pipes take the melody, above driving guitar and bouzouki rhythms, with vocals in stirring three or four-part harmony.’
    • ‘In many bouzoukia - nightclubs where traditional bouzouki music is played - the entertainment does not really start until midnight.’
    • ‘Who needed satellite TV and an en suite room, when I could jam with the guys from Festos or listen to bouzouki music with Dimitris?’



/bo͝oˈzo͞okē/ /bʊˈzuki/ /bəˈzo͞okē/ /bəˈzuki/


1950s from modern Greek mpouzouki, possibly related to Turkish bozuk ‘spoilt’ (with reference to roughly made instruments).