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[sit-ohl, si-tohl] /ˈsɪt oʊl, sɪˈtoʊl/
Origin of citole
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin cit(hara) kithara + Middle French -ole diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She had a citole in her hand, which is an instrument for playing music on; and over her head doves were flying.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • Glad I am to see that you have your citole slung to your back.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Add the principle of stopping the strings with the fingers of the left hand, and the citole becomes the zither.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • An instrument similar to the dulcimer was the citole, the chief difference being that the strings were plucked with the fingers.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • Mr Galpin places the citole in the same class as the gittern.

  • Any one of us could get in more local colour for the money, and give the crusader a cithern or citole instead of a guitar.

    Essays in Little Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for citole


/ˈsɪtəʊl; sɪˈtəʊl/
a rare word for cittern
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, probably from Latin citharacither
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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