noun Etymology: Middle English dowcemere, from Middle French doulcemer, from Old Italian dolcimelo, from dolce sweet, from Latin dulcis Date: 15th century 1. a stringed instrument of trapezoidal shape played with light hammers held in the hands 2. (or dulcimore) an American folk instrument with three or four strings stretched over an elongate fretted sound box that is held on the lap and played by plucking or strumming

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  • Dulcimer — may refer to two types of musical instruments: Appalachian dulcimer, a fretted, plucked musical instrument which is also referred to as a mountain dulcimer , lap dulcimer , hog fiddle , fretted dulcimer or simply dulcimer Hammered dulcimer, a… …   Wikipedia

  • dulcimer — ● dulcimer nom masculin (anglais dulcimer, du moyen français doulcemer, de doux et latin melos, chant) Cithare médiévale à cordes métalliques frappées à l aide de battes. Cithare à cordes pincées, utilisée dans le folklore de l Amérique du Nord.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dulcimer —   [englisch, dʌlsɪmə], 1) Saiteninstrument mit zwei (auch mehreren) Melodiesaiten und einer Bordunsaite (Bordun); vom Scheitholz abstammendes, in den Appalachen beheimatetes Volksmusikinstrument, das vor allem durch Jean Ritchie (* 1922) in den… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Dulcimer — Dul ci*mer, n. [It. dolcemele,r Sp. dulcemele, fr. L. dulcis sweet + melos song, melody, Gr. ?; cf. OF. doulcemele. See {Dulcet}, and {Melody}.] (Mus.) (a) An instrument, having stretched metallic wires which are beaten with two light hammers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dulcimer — (engl., spr. döllßĭmĕr) ist der englische Name des Hackbrettes (eigentlich Dulce melos, das auch als Name ältester Klaviere vorkommt) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • dulcimer — DULCIMÉR s. n. instrument medieval cu coarde ciupite sau lovite, un fel de ţiteră, strămoşul ţambalului, astăzi în perimetrul folkului. (< engl. dolcimer) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • dulcimer — late 15c., from M.Fr. doulce mer, variant of doulcemele, perhaps from doulz de mer, said to represent L. dulce sweet + melos song, from Gk. melos melody …   Etymology dictionary

  • dulcimer — ► NOUN ▪ a musical instrument with strings of graduated length struck with hand held hammers. ORIGIN Old French doulcemer, probably from Latin dulce melos sweet melody …   English terms dictionary

  • dulcimer — [dul′səmôr΄dul′sə mər] n. [ME doucemer < OFr doulcemer < Sp dulcemele < L dulce melos < dulce, neut. of dulcis, sweet (see DULCET) + melos < Gr, a song, strain] 1. a zither having a usually trapezoidal shape and a number of metal… …   English World dictionary

  • Dulcimer — Sommaire 1 Facture 2 Jeu 3 Discographie 4 Notes et références 5 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dulcimer — Appalachian Dulcimer Der Dulcimer ([ dʌlsɪmə]), von Dulce Melos abgeleitet, (auch Appalachian dulcimer oder Mountain dulcimer) ist die amerikanische Form der Bordunzither, eng verwandt mit dem europäischen Scheitholt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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