Definition of cuatro in English:

cuatro

noun

  • A small guitar, typically with four (or five) single or paired strings, used in Latin American and Caribbean folk music, especially in Puerto Rico.

    • ‘The music is played on a small harp and a four-string guitar called the cuatro, with rattles for keeping the rhythm.’
    • ‘Other musicians in the band are Simon Mendoza on keyboards, Raymond Edwards on bass, Robert Persaud on cuatro and rhythm guitar and Joel Peres on percussion.’
    • ‘She demonstrated her versatility by playing the guitar in the first song, the cuatro in the second and maracas in the third.’
    • ‘With vocals strident and melodic, and creative percussion, guitar, flute and cuatro, accompanied by box and electric bass, the 13 members of Viva Nueva bring a good parang session into your home via their first CD.’
    • ‘Various types of banjos and a four-stringed instrument called the cuatro are also native to the island.’
    • ‘Then round about 12 or 13 I began with cuatro and guitar.’
    • ‘He taught himself cuatro and guitar, and with other boys from the neighbourhood he played in ‘all these bands that lasted two weeks’.’
    • ‘Some had fashioned ‘cuatros’ out of heaven-knows-what, and they strummed the crude instruments as others sang along.’
    • ‘The recording opens with an instrumental featuring the characteristic driving rhythmic beat of the cuatro, a small-sized guitar.’
    • ‘He ended up with the lead microphone, singing and playing his cuatro.’
    • ‘He once had a round stomach that propped up his cuatro.’
    • ‘He began playing the guitar and cuatro at 14, and later mastered the vibraphone and the harmonica, which became one of his signature sounds.’

Origin

Latin American Spanish, literally ‘four’.

Pronunciation

cuatro

/ˈkwätrō/