1895–1900, Americanism;<Hawaiian ʿukulele leaping flea (ʿuku flea + lele to jump, leap), a nickname given to British army officer Edward Purvis (who popularized the instrument at the court of King Kalakaua), in reference to his lively playing style (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 19th century from Hawaiian, literally ‘jumping flea’. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Ukulele
a small, guitarlike musical instrument associated chiefly with Hawaiian music.
a small four-stringed guitar, esp of Hawaii
A small four-stringed guitar of Hawaiian origin.
: a small guitar of Portuguese origin popularized in Hawaii in the 1880s and strung typically with four strings
Example sentences for Ukulele
Trainor brought along a ukulele to her audition and blew him away.
There are few things cuter than a little kid killing it on the ukulele.
If it happens that any folk are down from the uptown hotels, Peter Pan consents to sell a ukulele between his encores.
But Fulaanu lounged with her ukulele, surrounded by amorous sailors who gazed longingly into her eyes.
From within, through the open window, came the tinkling of Tom's ukulele and the rollicking lilt of his voice in an Hawaiian hula.
Returning home for a canned luncheon she discovered Gaylord humming a love song and strumming on his ukulele.
Do you know this step—to the Paradise whistle and ukulele and that new instrument, the Shiverskin, it's just great.