gittern [git′ərn]
[ME giterne < OFr guiterne, altered < OSp guitarra: see GUITAR]
an early instrument of the guitar family, having an oval body and wire strings

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  • Gittern — Git tern, v. i. To play on gittern. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gittern — Git tern, n. [OE. giterne, OF. guiterne, ultimately from same source as E. guitar. See {Guitar}, and cf. {Cittern}.] An instrument like a guitar. Harps, lutes, and giternes. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gittern — Gittern, verb. reg. act. in Gestalt eines Gitters verfertigen, nach Art eines Gitters verbinden, von welchem das Mittelwort gegittert am üblichsten ist. Im gemeinen Leben gattern …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • gittern — late 14c., from O.Fr. guiterne, from L. cithara, from Gk. kithara (see GUITAR (Cf. guitar)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gittern — The gittern was a relatively small, quill plucked, gut strung instrument, originating around the 14th century. A predecessor of the guitar, the gittern outwardly resembled the mandore, and was a relative of the lute in as much as its back was… …   Wikipedia

  • gittern — noun Etymology: Middle English giterne, from Middle French guiterne, modification of Old Spanish guitarra guitar Date: 14th century a medieval guitar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gittern — Guiterne La guiterne était un instrument de musique médiéval à cordes pincées. La guiterne était jouée avec un plectre et avait des cordes en boyau. Elle avait un corps en forme de demi poire, le corps et le manche étaient construits d une même… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gittern — /git euhrn/, n. cittern. * * * ▪ musical instrument       either of two medieval stringed musical instruments, the guitarra latina and the guitarra morisca. The latter was also known as the guitarra saracenica.       The guitarra latina, an… …   Universalium

  • gittern — noun A relatively small, quill plucked, gut strung musical instrument, a predecessor of the guitar, that originated around the 13th century and came to Europe via Moorish Spain …   Wiktionary

  • gittern — gịt|tern 〈V. tr.; hat〉 mit einem Gitter versehen, vergittern, eingittern * * * gịt|tern <sw. V.; hat (selten): mit einem Gitter versehen; eingittern. * * * gịt|tern <sw. V.; hat (selten): mit einem Gitter versehen; eingittern …   Universal-Lexikon

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