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[strad-uh-vair-ee-uh s]
  1. a violin or other instrument made by Stradivari or his family.
  2. Stradivari, Antonio.
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Origin of Stradivarius

First recorded in 1825–35
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Related Words for stradivarius

fiddle, kit, Stradivarius, amati, pochette

Examples from the Web for stradivarius

Historical Examples of stradivarius

  • The tone of the Stradivarius violin is full, musical and high-spirited.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music

    W. S. B. Mathews

  • "I would execrate it were it a Stradivarius," said he, his mouth full of sop.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • The speaker is Rosalind herself, as the Stradivarius is being put to bed.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • I know it to be as little a Stradivarius as I am a Paganini.

  • The best epoch of Stradivarius was from 1700 to 1720 or 1725.

    Ole Bull

    Sara C. Bull

British Dictionary definitions for stradivarius


  1. 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stradivarius in Culture



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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