Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cittern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of cittern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a musical instrument resembling a harp with strings stretch over a flat sounding box; the zither. It is played with a plectrum and with fingers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cithern.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
  • n. a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings

Etymologies

French cithare, kitaire, from Latin cithara, cithara; see cithara.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cithara < Ancient Greek κιθάρα. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nothing and no one, no pressure, cither from the right or from the left, will make me abandon the positions of perestroika and new thinking.

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  • She had mentioned her two sisters, but he hadn't recalled cither's name until Layel had mentioned them.

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  • We fee therefore, that the cauillations are to much vnmectcwherwith wicked men do in this point di. 'quiet the mindcs of the (imple, to make them call cither the righteoufneiTc of Godjor the faith of the Scripture into doubce.

    The institution of christian religion

  • And that whatever action can have no effect either upon one's self, or any other person, and is neither pleas - ing nor displeasing to God, cannot be called cither virtu - ous or vicious.

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  • It was getting a bit late for prevarications, cither to myself or anyone else.

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  • I like your uncle better than I like cither your aunt or you He likes me.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • I love not to make disqualifying speeches; by such we seem to intimate that we believe the complimenter to be in earnest, or perhaps that we think the compliment our due, and want to hear it cither repeated or confirmed; and yet, possibly, we have not that pretty confusion, and those transient blushes, ready, which Mr. Greville archly says are always to be at hand when we affect to disclaim the praises given us.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • [I did not care to give any opinion, that might cither hurt or humour my Charlotte.]

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • It makes me feel ashamed of my sex, when I find that I cannot talk of myself to another woman without being supposed to be either in love or thinking of love cither looking for it or avoiding it.

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  • Last week, we found several larger and smaller fragments that almost completed the nearly three-meter-high colossal seated statue of Apollo Klarios, holding a cither in his left arm (see Sculptural Studies, July 25-29).

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