Meaning of “guitar” in the English Dictionary

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"guitar" in British English

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guitarnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡɪˈtɑːr/ us /ɡɪˈtɑːr/

A1 a musical instrument, usually made of wood, with six strings and a long neck, played with the fingers or a plectrum:

He sat on the grass, strumming his guitar.
an acoustic guitar
an electric guitar

More examples

  • Get into the habit of tuning your guitar every day before you practise.
  • Many jazz trios consist of a piano, guitar and double bass.
  • Jean plays the guitar and her brother is on percussion.
  • Apart from a few nicks in the varnish, the guitar is in very good condition.
  • You can pluck the strings on a guitar with your fingers or a plectrum.

(Definition of “guitar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guitar" in American English

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guitarnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɡɪˈtɑr/

a musical instrument with usually six strings and a flat back that is held on the knee or by a strap worn over the shoulder and played by moving the fingers or a small piece of plastic across the strings, or this instrument generally:

(Definition of “guitar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)