Definition of keytar in US English:

keytar

noun

  • An electronic musical instrument consisting of a keyboard to which a neck with controls for altering the pitch of the notes is attached, typically having a shoulder strap and held like a guitar.

    ‘he picked up a keytar and jammed out’
    • ‘While he plays his signature Gibson SG guitar, the band sit cross-legged holding plastic saxophones and keytars.’
    • ‘He's no longer stuck behind a keyboard on stage either; now he rocks a keytar.’
    • ‘I don't think I'll ever dig keytars, something about keyboard players posing as guitarists rubs me the wrong way.’
    • ‘The track is pure bliss, from the interstellar electrical storm opening to the whammy bar keytar solo that closes it out.’
    • ‘Roommate has gradually expanded into a four-piece band, with a bassist, a drummer, and another keyboardist to complement Lambert's signature keytar.’
    • ‘We'll be playing all the hits from January 1990 to June 2011, taking in to account synths, guitars, keytars, drum-machines, girl bands, and boy bands.’
    • ‘Nearing the end of their set, Mary Frances jammed on her keytar on the edge of the stage.’
    • ‘Dam-Funk lays down the funk with his instrument of choice - the keytar!’
    • ‘The keytar queen is currently crossing the country on a massive tour.’
    • ‘Her voice sounded beautiful and was complemented by her mad skills on the keytar.’

Origin

1970s: blend of keyboard and guitar.

Pronunciation

keytar

/ˈkēˌtär//ˈkiˌtɑr/