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flute

[ floot ]
/ flut /
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noun

verb (used without object), flut·ed, flut·ing.

verb (used with object), flut·ed, flut·ing.

to utter in flutelike tones.
to form longitudinal flutes or furrows in: to flute a piecrust.

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Origin of flute

1350–1400; Middle English floute<Middle French flaüte, flahute, fleüte<Old Provençal flaüt (perhaps alteration of flaujol, flauja) <Vulgar Latin *flabeolum.See flageolet, lute1

OTHER WORDS FROM flute

flutelike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flute

flute
/ (fluːt) /

noun

verb

to produce or utter (sounds) in the manner or tone of a flute
(tr) to make grooves or furrows in

Derived forms of flute

flutelike, adjectivefluty, adjective

Word Origin for flute

C14: from Old French flahute, via Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested); perhaps also influenced by Old Provençal laut lute; see flageolet
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Cultural definitions for flute

flute

A high-pitched woodwind, held horizontally by the player and played by blowing across a hole.

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