from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An anatomical part resembling a plectrum in shape.
- n. A small piece of plastic, metal, ivory, etc for plucking the strings of a guitar, lyre, mandolin, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small instrument of ivory, wood, metal, or quill, used in playing upon the lyre and other stringed instruments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small instrument of ivory, horn, or metal used for plucking or twanging the strings of a lyre, cithara, or other similar instrument.
- n. Something like or likened to a plectrum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
Latin plēctrum, from Greek plēktron, from plēssein, plēg-, to strike.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin plēctrum, from Ancient Greek πλήκτρον (pléktron) “anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point”, from πλήσσειν (pléssein) “to strike, to smite, to sting”. (Wiktionary)