Definition of dulcimer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʌlsɪmə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌlsɪmər//
    Musical instruments
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  1. 1a musical instrument that you play by hitting the metal strings with two hammers See related entries: Musical instruments
  2. 2a musical instrument with strings, popular in American traditional music, that you lay on your knee and play with your fingers See related entries: Musical instruments
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Old French doulcemer, probably from Latin dulce melos ‘sweet melody’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dulcimer