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[git-ern] /ˈgɪt ərn/
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British Dictionary definitions for gittern


(music) an obsolete medieval stringed instrument resembling the guitar Compare cittern
Word Origin
C14: from Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarraguitar; see cittern
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Word Origin and History for gittern

late 14c., from Old French guiterne, from Latin cithara, from Greek kithara (see guitar).

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Encyclopedia Article for gittern

either of two medieval stringed musical instruments, the guitarra latina and the guitarra morisca. The latter was also known as the guitarra saracenica.

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