A mandolin is a bit like a small guitar — it's a musical instrument with a wooden body, strings, and a long neck.

A musician plays a mandolin by plucking or strumming the strings. Its sound is higher than a guitar, and it's often played alongside lower-pitched instruments, such as banjos and guitars. The mandolin is popular around the world and in many different kinds of music; in the United States, it's played most often in country music. The word itself comes from the Italian mandolino, which is an altered form of the Latin pandura, or "three-stringed lute."

Definitions of mandolin
  1. noun
    a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum
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    an early type of mandolin
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    a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
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