gittern

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French guiterne, ultimately from Old Spanish guitarra.

Noun[edit]

gittern ‎(plural gitterns)

  1. (music) A small, quill-plucked, gut-strung musical instrument, most commonly with three to four strings in doubles courses; it is a flat-backed predecessor of the guitar, and it originated around the 13th century, coming to Europe via Moorish Spain.

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Verb[edit]

gittern ‎(third-person singular simple present gitterns, present participle gitterning, simple past and past participle gitterned)

  1. To play on the gittern.
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