Definition of autoharp in English:



  • A kind of zither fitted with a series of sprung and padded bars which allow the playing of chords by damping selected strings.

    • ‘She strums an old autoharp as she croons some of the best country tunes from the '40s.’
    • ‘The least accessible track is the second, which takes a dense swirl of autoharp and guitar notes and slowly submerges them in an organ drone that rises over the course of 12 minutes.’
    • ‘She plays a small stringed instrument called an autoharp, but it is her voice that makes this a memorable record.’
    • ‘To the left is Big Al on mainly double bass and autoharp.’
    • ‘The autoharp strums a single chord every 2 bars in the verse, but in the chorus changes chords.’