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  1. a maker of stringed instruments, as violins.
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Origin of luthier

1875–80; < French, equivalent to luth lute1 + -ier -ier2
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Examples from the Web for luthier

Historical Examples

  • After much giving and taking they became the property of the luthier.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The countenance of the luthier brightened when he beheld this unexpected specimen of the Italian's wares.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • However, he set aside these thoughts, and introduced himself to the luthier as having some Cremona Violins for sale.

    The Violin

    George Hart

Word Origin and History for luthier


"lute-maker," 1879, from French luthier, from luth (see lute).

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