Definition of sitar in English:

sitar

noun

  • A large, long-necked Indian lute with movable frets, played with a wire pick.

    • ‘At one stage the pianist was plucking the strings of a grand piano to emulate a sitar.’
    • ‘Ravi Shankar is the man renowned for popularising Indian classical music and combining Eastern and Western musical styles through the sitar.’
    • ‘Kim said classical music, Indian sitar, or even African reggae could all be a beneficial part of the class.’
    • ‘The youngster had been playing with a toy train near the musicians when it had hit a sitar being played by the woman.’
    • ‘He played the instrument with great mastery, making with it music that was normally impossible with either the sitar or the guitar.’
    • ‘Music has been his forte and he has let the sound of his sitar do all the talking.’
    • ‘We went to dinner at an Indian restaurant where sitars jangled in the background.’
    • ‘Two legendary masters, one of the sitar the other of the violin, get together for one thought-provoking session.’
    • ‘The difference this time is Indians are calling the shots, instead of just handing their sitars over to the Beatles to twang.’
    • ‘It was accompanied simultaneously by the soothing music from a sitar.’
    • ‘A prominent solo line, a guitar, a sitar or a flute, floats over a solid background of synths and percussion.’
    • ‘Attempts have also been made to give enough representation to Indian instruments like the sitar, sarod, flute and santoor.’
    • ‘The sitar also has huge frets and loose strings that will bend four or five tones with a little pressure.’
    • ‘It is fascinating to note how much the character of Shankar's music seems to change in the absence of the sitar.’
    • ‘She is shown wearing a sarong and holding a sitar as if it were a guitar.’
    • ‘When it comes to talking about my limited music talents, I have to admit that I'd definitely prefer to play the guitar to the sitar!’
    • ‘The sounds of Indian hand drums - the tabla - float through the air along with a stringed sitar.’
    • ‘The smell of Asian cuisine filled the schoolyard and children danced to the Indian sitar.’
    • ‘Her father is the acknowledged genius of the sitar, and one of the world's most renowned Indian musicians and composers.’
    • ‘Sounds of the sitar, the flute and the keyboard combine to create a great atmosphere.’

Origin

Via Urdu from Persian sitār, from sih three + tār string.

Pronunciation:

sitar

/siˈtär/