Part of speech: noun

A stringed musical instrument with an almond shaped body.

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Usage examples "mandolin":

  1. There were but few left, when Mezrimbi, who had, as he thought, hit upon the right name, and who, watching the countenance of Acota, which had an air of impatient indifference upon it, which induced Mezrimbi to suppose that he had lighted upon the same idea, and might forestall him, stepped forward with his mandolin. - "The Pacha of Many Tales", Captain Frederick Marryat.
  2. Or tinklin' out as pleasant as you please on moonlight nights from mandolin strings and young folks sparkin'. - "Fairy Prince and Other Stories", Eleanor Hallowell Abbott.
  3. Rollo, at his master's invitation, joined them with a mandolin, which he had been discovered to play considerably better than any one else on board. - "Romance Island", Zona Gale.