Definition of guitar in English:



  • A stringed musical instrument, with a fretted fingerboard, typically incurved sides, and six or twelve strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a plectrum.

    • ‘Maybe I too could be a rancher in Montana, plucking a guitar on my porch as the sun goes down.’
    • ‘Gone are the acoustic guitars, with two electrics skating over the simple bass lines and rim shot drums.’
    • ‘You use a lot of guitars, pianos and other acoustic instruments in your work.’
    • ‘With a wry but startling curse, he stops strumming his guitar and looks to the audience for help.’
    • ‘We'll start with a riff on a guitar, mandolin, bass or drums, and work it up from there.’
    • ‘Acoustic guitars are strummed hard and fast on some songs, and are played with melodic flair on others.’
    • ‘The strings of a guitar allow control of the pitch and harmonic content of the sound produced.’
    • ‘Sometimes it felt like the rhythm section were racing the guitars to see who could get to the end of the song first.’
    • ‘The latter is all punk bass and frantic fuzz guitars in the verses and haunting melody during the chorus.’
    • ‘They both blend guitars, vocals and lyrics about lovers with electronic sounds.’
    • ‘He spent time strumming his guitar and if he ever had any money he would give it to some political party.’
    • ‘In the early to mid nineties, fuzzy guitars and pumping bass lines were de rigueur.’
    • ‘The album features an array of tracks mostly played on either the acoustic guitar or on the piano.’
    • ‘I can skip the searching process now and just grab a guitar, bass, keys or drums and lay it down.’
    • ‘There's three of them, occupying two guitars and a bass and the rest of it just runs off a laptop.’
    • ‘They were angry, but they had a sense of humour and knew how to tune their guitars.’
    • ‘The music is a sophisticated meshing of guitars, busily efficient rhythms and electronica.’
    • ‘I'd definitely say that melody plays a big part in this band especially in the vocals and guitars.’
    • ‘One of them was in the iso and the other guy was out in the room with the guitars and the bass going.’
    • ‘We'll start here with the acoustic guitar and then look at the electric guitar later in the article.’


Early 17th century: from Spanish guitarra (partly via French), from Greek kithara, denoting an instrument similar to the lyre.