[strad-uh-vair-ee-uh s]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stradivarius



any of a number of violins manufactured by Antonio Stradivari or his familyOften (informal) shortened to: Strad
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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

Culture definitions for stradivarius



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.

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