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mandolin

[man-dl-in, man-dl-in] /ˈmæn dl ɪn, ˌmæn dlˈɪn/
noun
1.
a musical instrument with a pear-shaped wooden body and a fretted neck.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, variant of mandora, alteration of pandora bandore
Related forms
mandolinist, noun
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  • The day-long outdoor festival features mountain music performed by fiddlers, guitarists and mandolin and dulcimer players.
  • Each flutter from the mandolin and every sliding note from the pedal steel seemingly pull the listener down a country road.
British Dictionary definitions for mandolin

mandolin

/ˌmændəˈlɪn/
noun
1.
a plucked stringed instrument related to the lute, having four pairs of strings tuned in ascending fifths stretched over a small light body with a fretted fingerboard. It is usually played with a plectrum, long notes being sustained by the tremolo
2.
a vegetable slicer consisting of a flat stainless-steel frame with adjustable cutting blades
Derived Forms
mandolinist, noun
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandora lute, ultimately from Greek pandoura musical instrument with three strings
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Word Origin and History for mandolin
n.

1707, from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a larger kind of mandolin, altered from Late Latin pandura "three-stringed lute," from Greek pandoura, which is of unknown origin.

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