Definition of guitar in English:

guitar

noun

  • A stringed musical instrument, with a fretted fingerboard, typically incurved sides, and six or twelve strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a plectrum.

    • ‘Acoustic guitars are strummed hard and fast on some songs, and are played with melodic flair on others.’
    • ‘Maybe I too could be a rancher in Montana, plucking a guitar on my porch as the sun goes down.’
    • ‘The music is a sophisticated meshing of guitars, busily efficient rhythms and electronica.’
    • ‘Gone are the acoustic guitars, with two electrics skating over the simple bass lines and rim shot drums.’
    • ‘We'll start with a riff on a guitar, mandolin, bass or drums, and work it up from there.’
    • ‘You use a lot of guitars, pianos and other acoustic instruments in your work.’
    • ‘The album features an array of tracks mostly played on either the acoustic guitar or on the piano.’
    • ‘They both blend guitars, vocals and lyrics about lovers with electronic sounds.’
    • ‘Sometimes it felt like the rhythm section were racing the guitars to see who could get to the end of the song first.’
    • ‘With a wry but startling curse, he stops strumming his guitar and looks to the audience for help.’
    • ‘He spent time strumming his guitar and if he ever had any money he would give it to some political party.’
    • ‘One of them was in the iso and the other guy was out in the room with the guitars and the bass going.’
    • ‘The latter is all punk bass and frantic fuzz guitars in the verses and haunting melody during the chorus.’
    • ‘In the early to mid nineties, fuzzy guitars and pumping bass lines were de rigueur.’
    • ‘There's three of them, occupying two guitars and a bass and the rest of it just runs off a laptop.’
    • ‘I can skip the searching process now and just grab a guitar, bass, keys or drums and lay it down.’
    • ‘They were angry, but they had a sense of humour and knew how to tune their guitars.’
    • ‘I'd definitely say that melody plays a big part in this band especially in the vocals and guitars.’
    • ‘We'll start here with the acoustic guitar and then look at the electric guitar later in the article.’
    • ‘The strings of a guitar allow control of the pitch and harmonic content of the sound produced.’

Origin

Early 17th century from Spanish guitarra (partly via French), from Greek kithara, denoting an instrument similar to the lyre.

Pronunciation

guitar

/ɡɪˈtɑː/