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I see a young man playing 'Plaisir d'Amour' on guitar. I knew I didn't want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing.
Joan Baez

Meaning of "ukulele" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD UKULELE

From Hawaiian, literally: jumping flea, from `uku flea + lele jumping.
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PRONUNCIATION OF UKULELE

ukulele  [ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UKULELE

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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ukulele is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES UKULELE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ukulele

Ukulele

The ukulele sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a member of the guitar family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, timple, braguinha and the rajão, taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, many from the Macaronesian Islands. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally. The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

Definition of ukulele in the English dictionary

The definition of ukulele in the dictionary is a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UKULELE


bailey
ˈbeɪlɪ
Baillie
ˈbeɪlɪ
Baily
ˈbeɪlɪ
banjolele
ˈbændʒəˌleɪlɪ
banjulele
ˌbændʒʊˈleɪlɪ
Bareilly
bəˈreɪlɪ
daily
ˈdeɪlɪ
Disraeli
dɪzˈreɪlɪ
gayly
ˈɡeɪlɪ
Haley
ˈheɪlɪ
Israeli
ɪzˈreɪlɪ
Paley
ˈpeɪlɪ
paly
ˈpeɪlɪ
radiale
ˌreɪdɪˈeɪlɪ
Rayleigh
ˈreɪlɪ
scaly
ˈskeɪlɪ
shaly
ˈʃeɪlɪ
snaily
ˈsneɪlɪ
ukelele
ˌjuːkəˈleɪlɪ
wally
ˈweɪlɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UKULELE

uk
UK garage
UK Overseas Territory
UKAEA
ukase
UKBA
UKCC
uke
ukelele
UKIP
ukiyo-e
Ukr.
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Ulaanbaatar
ulama
ulan

WORDS THAT END LIKE UKULELE

abele
allele
clientele
Cybele
dele
ekpwele
hele
hydrocele
kantele
kebele
Ndebele
Passchendaele
Peele
Ramphele
Scheele
Schiele
sele
Steele
stele
triskele

Synonyms and antonyms of ukulele in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «ukulele» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UKULELE

Find out the translation of ukulele to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ukulele from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ukulele» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

四弦琴
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ukelele
570 millions of speakers

English

ukulele
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गिटार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القيثارة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

укулеле
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ukulele
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

Ukulele
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ukulélé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ukulele
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Ukulele
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ウクレレ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

우쿨렐레
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ukulele
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đờn du ku li li
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ukulele
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लहान तुकडे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

havai kitarası
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ukulele
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ukulele
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

укулеле
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ukulele
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γιουκαλίλι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ukulele
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ukulele
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ukulele
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ukulele

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UKULELE»

The term «ukulele» is very widely used and occupies the 20.286 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UKULELE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ukulele

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10 QUOTES WITH «UKULELE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ukulele.
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Kris Allen
II know very, very little about the ukulele, but I actually grew up playing the viola from 4th grade through high school.
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Joan Baez
I see a young man playing 'Plaisir d'Amour' on guitar. I knew I didn't want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing.
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Rachel Boston
I play guitar, the ukulele and the piano. I grew up on a mountain in Tennessee, and we had 'The Mountain Opry,' where anyone could just get up on stage to perform. It was just about the soul and heart of music. My upbringing was less about being great and more about just doing what you love. It was always for joy.
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Charles Dance
I mostly play old period songs, as they suit a ukulele more. I bought it when I saw the tribute concert to George Harrison. Joe Brown came on and sang 'I'll See You In My Dreams,' and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
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Tony Danza
I'm an American songbook guy, though I've got eclectic tastes. I really love the American songbook. I've taken up the ukulele, and so you can play 'Five Foot Two' and Hawaiian music, but you can also do some of the great tunes, like 'You Go to My Head,' 'I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry,' 'Taking a Chance on Love.'
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George Formby
Now everybody's got a crazy notion of their own. Some like to mix up with a crowd, some like to be alone. It's no one elses' business as far as I can see, but every time that I go out the people stare at me, with me little ukulele in me hand.
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Don Henley
I think my first instrument was a ukulele that they gave me. I used to know how to play that pretty well.
8
Valerie June
As I try to get around with a guitar, a banjo and a suitcase of high heels and dresses, I treasure that little ukulele.
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Tift Merritt
Sometimes when you're writing on a ukulele, you're in a totally new land, rhythmically or melodically.
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Mike Myers
I play the ukulele. I have a great group of friends, and we do things like have battles of the bands - me sometimes on ukulele, but mostly on drums.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UKULELE»

Discover the use of ukulele in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ukulele and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Ukulele For Dummies
The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book—creating a total musical instruction package Offers instruction in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, holiday favorites, and ...
Alistair Wood, 2011
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20 Easy Fingerstyle Studies for Ukulele
Author Rob MacKillop introduces techniques for the left and right hand and explanations for each piece that help you along the way. the accompanying CD contains both slow and up tempo versions of very tune in the book.
Rob MacKillop, 2012
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The Daily Ukulele (Songbook): 365 Songs for Better Living
(Ukulele). Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook!
Jim Beloff, Liz Beloff, 2014
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Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele
Now intermediate players can learn to play lovely finger style solo arrangements of classic Hawaiian songs, folk songs, standards–even a few pieces from the classical guitar repertoire.The book offers 27 arrangements from around the world ...
Mark Kailana Nelson, 2011
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Ukulele: The World's Friendliest Instrument
This book celebrates the history of the ukulele and the unique culture that surrounds it.
Daniel Dixon, 2011
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Ukulele Magic
Finger-picking and strumming styles are all introduced step by step in pieces which are fun and stylistic. This is a thoroughly musical introduction to an immensely popular instrument, opening the way to independent music-making for all.
Ian Lawrence, 2012
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Great Melodies for Solo Ukulele
The ukulele is an effective solo instrument carrying both the melody and chords when playing specially arranged music. This book includes 28 beautiful classic melodies arranged for solo ukulele.
Joe Carr, 2012
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Jumpin' Jim's ukulele tips 'n' tunes: a beginner's method & ...
(Fretted). Contents: Aloha Oe * Amazing Grace * America, the Beautiful * Aura Lee * The Band Played On * Beautiful Dreamer * A Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Bell) * Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home * Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out ...
Jim Beloff, 1994
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Ukulele Bluegrass Solos
Ukulele Bluegrass Solos will teach you how to use the uke in any bluegrass setting. It demonstrates a variety of roles for the uke, presenting various concepts in the context of the repertoire associated with the genre.
Ondrej Sarek, 2011
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Ukulele In A Day For Dummies
Ukulele in a Day For Dummies: Covers ukulele basics Introduces readers to basic chords and strumming patterns Provides everything needed for readers to play a simple tune or two at the end of the day!
Alistair Wood, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UKULELE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ukulele is used in the context of the following news items.
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Plucky Britain beats Germany in ukulele clash
We may not be able to beat them at football but a British ukulele orchestra has won a High Court duel with a German rival which uses an English name. «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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VIDEO: Irish best man uses ukulele to bring down the house at …
Sean and new bride Caroline watched on, at their reception in Cabra Castle, as Matt whipped out a ukulele for his unique twist on the best man speech tradition. «Irish Examiner, Jun 15»
3
Big Ukulele Gathering in Los Angeles Fails to Break Record
More than 1,100 ukulele players gathered in Los Angeles to play in what they hoped would be the world's largest ever ukulele ensemble. But despite the fun ... «TIME, Apr 15»
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Warren Buffett, strumming his ukulele, is star attraction at Nebraska …
Susie Blumkin plays a song on the ukulele with Warren Buffett during the Live Big Benefit for Cancer Support Community North Texas at Nebraska Furniture ... «Omaha World-Herald, Apr 15»
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Playtonic: 'We know what Rare is working on. We may even …
A work-in-progress screen from a jungle environment, set to figure early on in Project Ukulele. Rare, too, may well be revisiting this kind of world Photograph: ... «The Guardian, Mar 15»
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First look at Playtonic's Project Ukulele, Kickstarter launching May
Playtonic Games held a stage event for Project Ukulele, its rebirth of the 3D platformer, at EGX Rezzed in London today. The team at Playtonic is formed of Rare ... «Gematsu, Mar 15»
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Midland musician a champion for the ukulele
23, 2015, Midland, Johnny Hunt, of SUGAR (Saginaw Ukulele Gurus and Rookie) in Midland, Mich., poses for a portrait with his ukulele. Hunt is a man of many ... «The Elkhart Truth, Mar 15»
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Former Rare Developers Form Playtonic Games, Announce Project …
and a presumed code name for a yet to be announced game called Project Ukulele. The only other element of the website close to a clue about Playtonic ... «Game Informer, Feb 15»
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Meghan Trainor Gives 5 Seconds Of Summer's 'Don't Stop' A Playful …
But instead of pulling out the tights and cape, Meghan used her ukulele to slow the hit down into a catchy, playful song. Don't stop, Meghan. For reals. H/T Z100. «Huffington Post, Jan 15»
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Ukulele enthusiasts strum happy tunes
4, 2014 photo, David Bartell, left, Larry Burke, center, and Linda Burke play ukuleles during a meeting of their ukulele club in Berryville, Va. (AP Photo/The ... «Washington Times, Nov 14»

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