One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large tenor or bass mandolin, used in ensembles and folk groups.
- ‘He is a fine self-accompanist on bouzouki and mandola.’
- ‘Modern makers then started producing them with flat backs which made them almost identical to the octave mandola.’
- ‘I have made the decision to do the custom order through you because of your upgrade policy, setup, and obvious love of mandolas.’
- ‘In the ten days of the course, I learned the basics of luthiery and built my own mandola.’
- ‘The first time I had ever saw a mandola was on the back cover of a Planxty album.’
- 1.1historical An early stringed instrument of the mandolin or cittern type.
- ‘Both the late medieval gittern and the early guitar were sometimes called mandoras.’
- ‘Laden with mandoras, we arrive at the isolated farm where the charming Loula makes traditional halloumi cheese from the milk of goats tended by her husband.’
- ‘There are also plenty of mandoras in other woods and quite a lot of striped mandoras using ribs of two different woods.’
- ‘Wire strings not only were used on guitars, mandoras, and bass lutes, but gave rise to a whole new family of string instruments, which included zithers, citterns, the Irish harp, psaltery, clavichord and others during the 15th and 16th centuries.’
- ‘Jodi is currently touring the east coast, showcasing her hefty arsenal of songs, stories and instruments, including mandola, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar and percussion.’
Early 18th century: from Italian.
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