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



BrE BrE//ˈmændəlɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændəlɪn//
; BrE BrE//ˌmændəˈlɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmændəˈlɪn//
Musical instruments
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a musical instrument with metal strings (usually eight) arranged in pairs, and a curved back, played with a plectrum See related entries: Musical instruments Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mandolin