- a stringed musical instrument having a long, fretted neck and a hollow, typically pear-shaped body with a vaulted back.
- to play a lute.
- to perform (music) on a lute: a musician skilled at luting Elizabethan ballads.
- to express (a feeling, mood, etc.) by means of a lute: The minstrel eloquently luted his melancholy.
Origin of lute1
- to seal or cement with luting.
Origin of lute2
- a paving tool for spreading and smoothing concrete, consisting of a straightedge mounted transversely on a long handle.
- to spread and smooth (concrete in a pavement) with a lute.
Origin of lute3
Examples from the Web for lute
Carper described Allen as a “very fine person” and said either Lute or Allen would be fine.
While several names have been floated for her replacement, on Capitol Hill, Lute and Allen have the most senior level support.
Carper said Lute would get through the Senate quickly and easily.
Obama disliked him and sidelined him, while Lute and Jim Jones tried to get him fired.
Holbrooke looked down on Lute, ignored his requests, and made him and his National Security Council staff revise many memos.
The boy went off, and the youth took a lute from an embroidered case.The Chinese Fairy Book
He scorned the new invention but warmly upheld the lute and viol.
It had eight stops, one imitating the lute and one the flute.
We are told that Khalid took up his lute but once throughout the voyage.The Book of Khalid
Lute Rogers was staring in at me, open-mouthed and horror-stricken.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- an ancient plucked stringed instrument, consisting of a long fingerboard with frets and gut strings, and a body shaped like a sliced pear
- Also called: luting a mixture of cement and clay used to seal the joints between pipes, etc
- dentistry a thin layer of cement used to fix a crown or inlay in place on a tooth
- (tr) to seal (a joint or surface) with lute
Word Origin and History for lute
stringed musical instrument, late 13c., from Old French lut, leut, from Old Provençal laut, from Arabic al-'ud, the Arabian lute, literally "the wood" (source of Spanish laud, Portuguese alaude, Italian liuto), where al is the definite article. A player is a lutist (1620s) or a lutanist (c.1600, from Medieval Latin hybrid lutanista).