lute

1
[ loot ]
/ lut /

noun

a stringed musical instrument having a long, fretted neck and a hollow, typically pear-shaped body with a vaulted back.

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

to play a lute.

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. lustrum,
  2. lusty,
  3. lusus naturae,
  4. lut desert,
  5. lutanist,
  6. lute stern,
  7. luteal,
  8. luteal cell,
  9. luteal phase,
  10. lutecium

Origin of lute

1
1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, Old French < Old Provençal laut < Arabic al ʿūd literally, the wood

lute

2
[ loot ]
/ lut /

noun

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

to seal or cement with luting.

Origin of lute

2
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin lutum, special use of Latin lutum mud, clay

lute

3
[ loot ]
/ lut /

noun

a paving tool for spreading and smoothing concrete, consisting of a straightedge mounted transversely on a long handle.

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

to spread and smooth (concrete in a pavement) with a lute.

Origin of lute

3
1870–75, Americanism; < Dutch loet

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British Dictionary definitions for lute

lute

1
/ (luːt) /

noun

an ancient plucked stringed instrument, consisting of a long fingerboard with frets and gut strings, and a body shaped like a sliced pear

Word Origin for lute

C14: from Old French lut, via Old Provençal from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood

noun

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

verb

(tr) to seal (a joint or surface) with lute

Word Origin for lute

C14: via Old French ultimately from Latin lutum clay

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Word Origin and History for lute

lute

n.

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).

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