Definition of saz in English:



  • A long-necked stringed instrument of the lute family, originating in the Ottoman Empire.

    • ‘The urban is more in the Turkish style, with its melismatic singing - more than one note per syllable - and accompaniment on the saz, a larger and more elaborate version of the shargija.’
    • ‘Slowly, other sounds emerge to fill the space around his voice: a slow and rhythmic drumming, the trilling of a wooden flute, melancholy chords of the stringed saz and the fluttering of an oboe-like instrument called a mey.’
    • ‘The term saz has been applied to other types of musical instrument.’
    • ‘This tradition of syllabic folk poetry, much of it having a mystic quality, was always sung to the poet's own accompaniment on the stringed instrument called the baglama or saz.’
    • ‘Traditional instruments include the ud and the saz (both of which resemble the lute), the darabuka (a drum), and the ney (sometimes spelled nay - a flute).’
    • ‘Based on a song dating back to the days of the brigands who preyed on Silk Road travellers, now its message is more benign; its melodies are played by Toir Kuziyev on various string instruments Turkish saz and Arabic oud, as well as doutar.’
    • ‘The end effect is meant to conjure up the sonority of the saz, an instrument used in traditional Turkish music.’
    • ‘The singer played a saz, a lute-like 7-stringed instrument with a long neck and deep body.’
    • ‘Singing is accompanied by the saz, a type of lute.’


Late 19th century: from Turkish, from Persian sāz ‘musical instrument’.