The ukulele (frae Hawaiian: ʻukulele [ˈʔukuˈlɛlɛ], OO-KOO-le-le; an aa ukelele)[1] whiles abbreviatit tae uke, is a member o the guitar faimily o instruments; it generally employs fower nylon or gut strings or fower courses o strings.[2]

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Martin 3K Professional Ukulele
String instrument
Classification String instrument (plucked, nylon stringed instrument uisually played wi the bare thumb an/or fingertips, or a felt pick)
Hornbostel–Sachs classification321.322
(Composite chordophone)
Developed19th century
Relatit instruments


  1. "ukulele". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public leebrar membership required.)
  2. Erich M. von Hornbostel & Curt Sachs, "Classification of Musical Instruments: Translated from the Original German by Anthony Baines and Klaus P. Wachsmann." The Galpin Society Journal 14, 1961: 3-29.