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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
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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Examples from the web for lute
  • There is something endearing about the contradictions embodied in the lute.
  • Samurai generals practiced calligraphy, took up flower arranging, and played the lute.
  • The pipa is a short-necked lute favored by blind troubadours in ancient times but now used frequently as a concert instrument.
  • The lights were low, the music soft and soothing, a lute was being plucked in the background.
  • In the old days, idle fellows gathered in barbershops to exchange the latest news, and lute and viol were played.
  • The pipa is a four-stringed pear-shaped instrument that resembles the lute, and is one of the world's oldest instruments.
  • It is a short-necked wasted lute, the lower chamber having a parchment sound-table.
  • They should be home, improving their minds and practicing the lute.
  • To prove he's not your everyday teamster, he starts out playing the harmonica and ends up twanging a lute.
  • lute acted almost as a co-national security advisor, but with a narrower portfolio.
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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