Etymology of mandolin
Posted by Johannes on 30 August 2011
Mandolin comes from the French mandoline, from the Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola, a larger kind of mandolin, altered from the Latin pandura (a three-stringed lute), which is transliteration of the Greek pandura. See also post 186 (etymology of banjo).
In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) mandolino: mandolin [Gr: μαντολίνο; loanword]