Origin of lutanist

First recorded in 1590–1600


or lu·ta·nist

  1. a person who plays the lute.

Origin of lutenist

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin lūtānista, derivative of lūtāna lute; see -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lutanist

Historical Examples of lutanist

  • Qul-i-muammad the lutanist (ad) was another; he also played the guitar (ghichak) beautifully and added three strings to it.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • When they asked him who he was, he answered, a lutanist, nor did the trial belie his profession.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • Instead of dropping down dead on the lute for envy, she thought it better to run away with the lutanist for love.

British Dictionary definitions for lutanist


  1. a variant spelling of lutenist


lutanist or sometimes US and Canadian lutist (ˈluːtɪst)

  1. a person who plays the lute

Word Origin for lutenist

C17: from Medieval Latin lūtānista, from lūtāna, apparently from Old French lut lute 1
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