[man-dl-in, man-dl-in] /ˈmæn dl ɪn, ˌmæn dlˈɪn/

a musical instrument with a pear-shaped wooden body and a fretted neck.
a plucked stringed instrument related to the lute, having four pairs of strings tuned in ascending fifths stretched over a small light body with a fretted fingerboard. It is usually played with a plectrum, long notes being sustained by the tremolo
a vegetable slicer consisting of a flat stainless-steel frame with adjustable cutting blades

1707, from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a larger kind of mandolin, altered from Late Latin pandura “three-stringed lute,” from Greek pandoura, which is of unknown origin.


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