a musical instrument of the Middle East and northern Africa belonging to the lute family.

1730–40; < Arabic ʿūd literally, wood; see lute

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oud (uːd)
an Arabic stringed musical instrument resembling a lute or mandolin
[from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood. Compare lute1]

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Word Origin & History

"lute or mandolin of Arab lands," 1738, from Arabic 'ud, lit. "wood."
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Example sentences for oud
But on the fretless oud it is very difficult to intonate them correctly.
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