A small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii. (noun)
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Use "ukulele" in a sentence
"The ukulele, which was based on the four-stringed braginho or cavaquinhos from Portugal is an example of an earlier small-sized European guitar being introduced to a different society; the word ukulele is Hawaiian for "flea"."
"The Hawaiians gave the instrument the name ukulele, which translates to ‘jumping flea.’"
"The ukulele is not an instrument you normally associate with the blues; nor is the blues section where you'd expect to find a Cyndi Lauper CD."