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[strad-uh-vair-ee-uh s] /ˌstræd əˈvɛər i əs/
a violin or other instrument made by Stradivari or his family.
Origin of Stradivarius
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
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any of a number of violins manufactured by Antonio Stradivari or his family Often (informal) shortened to Strad
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Word Origin and History for Stradivarius

1833, from Latinized form of name of Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), violin-maker of Cremona, or his sons or pupils. Short form Strad is attested from 1884.

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Stradivarius in Culture
Stradivarius [(strad-uh-vair-ee-uhs)]

A kind of violin made by the Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Those that still survive are considered the finest violins in existence.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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