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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His labors steadily increased the family property until "as rich as Stradivarius" became a common saying in Cremona.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • The tone of the Stradivarius violin is full, musical and high-spirited.

  • Stradivarius instructed other pupils besides Joseph Guarnerius, who made excellent violins, and many of these violins still exist.

  • I know it to be as little a Stradivarius as I am a Paganini.

  • The same note of characterthe craftsmans keen delight in workis struck in Adam Bede and in the little poem on Stradivarius.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • The varnish was as wonderful as that on the belly of a Stradivarius fiddle.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • The speaker is Rosalind herself, as the Stradivarius is being put to bed.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Strad-e- (think of the Stradivarius fiddle) le-rewsky (think of Paderewsky).

  • The best epoch of Stradivarius was from 1700 to 1720 or 1725.

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • After Stradivarius's death the stock of fiddles in his shop was sold by auction.

    The Lost Stradivarius John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for Stradivarius


any of a number of violins manufactured by Antonio Stradivari or his family Often (informal) shortened to Strad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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