Meaning of 琴

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Pinyin: qín
English Definition: guqin 古琴 (a type of zither); musical instrument in general
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 12; Radical:
Ideographic: Two guitar strings suggest the meaning; provides the pronunciation
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ jué ] guitar strings; variant of 珏
    • [ jīn ] modern, current; today, now
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Example Words
钢琴 gāng qín piano; Classifiers:
小提琴 xiǎo qín fiddle; violin
琴弦 qín xián string (of a stringed instrument)
提琴 qín instrument of the violin family (violin, viola, cello or double bass); Classifiers:
手风琴 shǒu fēng qín accordion
More: 琴* | *琴 | *琴*
Example Sentences
I hear my teacher call to me from the house. "Come and get your 'ukulele.
But the difference may not all be in the mind.
Piano designers balance tension and stiffness of music wire, but many other factors are considered as well.
Among the differences was the wire inside his instrument.
My father found out my impatience. He encouraged me and was stricter with me than ever before.