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ukulele or ukelele (ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ Pronunciation for )



  1. a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii

Word Origin

C19: from Hawaiian, literally: jumping flea, from `uku flea + lele jumping

Example Sentences Including 'ukulele'

Bits of cello, ukulele , and even a toy glockenspiel color the record, but the predominant hue remains pitch black.
Maxim (2005)
Folk songs on the ukulele , and later the trombone, five days a week, in the community marching band.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Ho now primarily travels as a soloist playing Hawaiian slack key guitar, ukulele and singing his original music.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
The Prince heard he was there, came downstairs, and sat on the table playing the ukulele while Michael ate.
Ziegler, Philip King Edward VIII - The Official Biography
This is a tribute to the pop idol who loved George Formby and wouldn't go anywhere without his ukulele.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
``He is one of the great young slat key guitarists and ukulele players in the world,' she said.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)


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