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lute1

[loot] /lut/
noun
1.
a stringed musical instrument having a long, fretted neck and a hollow, typically pear-shaped body with a vaulted back.
verb (used without object), luted, luting.
2.
to play a lute.
verb (used with object), luted, luting.
3.
to perform (music) on a lute:
a musician skilled at luting Elizabethan ballads.
4.
to express (a feeling, mood, etc.) by means of a lute:
The minstrel eloquently luted his melancholy.
Origin of lute1
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, Old French < Old Provençal laut < Arabic al ʿūd literally, the wood

lute2

[loot] /lut/
noun
1.
verb (used with object), luted, luting.
2.
to seal or cement with luting.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin lutum, special use of Latin lutum mud, clay

lute3

[loot] /lut/
noun
1.
a paving tool for spreading and smoothing concrete, consisting of a straightedge mounted transversely on a long handle.
verb (used with object), luted, luting.
2.
to spread and smooth (concrete in a pavement) with a lute.
Origin
1870-75, Americanism; < Dutch loet
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  • One strummed a lute, and they were singing together in Latin.

  • It had eight stops, one imitating the lute and one the flute.

    How the Piano Came to Be Ellye Howell Glover
  • On the inside the furnace is everywhere evenly covered with lute.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • I had known lute a long time, but he sometimes surprised me, even yet.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Dorinda I hired as housekeeper, and when Dorinda accepted the engagement she threw in lute, so to speak, for good measure.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for lute

lute1

/luːt/
noun
1.
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
C14: from Old French lut, via Old Provençal from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood

lute2

/luːt/
noun
1.
Also called luting. a mixture of cement and clay used to seal the joints between pipes, etc
2.
(dentistry) a thin layer of cement used to fix a crown or inlay in place on a tooth
verb
3.
(transitive) to seal (a joint or surface) with lute
Word Origin
C14: via Old French ultimately from Latin lutum clay
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Word Origin and History for 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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