One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plucked stringed instrument with a long neck bearing frets and a rounded body with a flat front, rather like a halved egg in shape.
- ‘It was then that I heard an eerie melody upon the air, from a lute, or other stringed instrument.’
- ‘The sweating made him more afraid of playing badly, as he worried that his fingers would slip on the frets of the lute.’
- ‘‘The lute has a broken string, there's a flute missing, and some of the instruments aren't set up correctly’.’
- ‘Did such instruments as the lute, viol, or violoncello piccolo play a role as continuo instruments?’
- ‘Many of the riffs are righteously medieval in tone, but they rework those tripping arpeggios for a scorched-earth rock setting, without a lute, zither or lyre within earshot.’
- ‘The shamisen is a lute instrument with three strings.’
- ‘His arrows were at his side and a lute was strung over his back with its bent neck protruding over his shoulder.’
- ‘Three of the most popular instruments are the two-string violin, the lute, and the pipa.’
- ‘The result is a programme of genuine old fashioned carols, songs and dances, performed on shawms, sackbut, recorders, flutes, curtals, lutes, guitars, harp, bagpipes and the hurdy-gurdy.’
- ‘Another traditional Czech instrument played in the United States is the tamburash, a stringed instrument similar to the lute.’
- ‘The primary instruments are drums but lutes, woodwinds, and thumb pianos are also used.’
- ‘She focused intently at it and as she watched, Doremi could see the figure inside begin to move and pluck a melody on the strings of the lute.’
- ‘He uses the lute or deeper sounding theorbo in a continuo role on other tracks.’
- ‘A soothing song, played on lutes and other stringed instruments, was carried into his ears as he closed his eyes.’
- ‘We had to learn how to dance and how to bow, to play the lute, guitar and harpsichord, to converse with two or three companions on a set subject.’
- ‘He is the focus of attention; the lute is his instrument.’
- ‘Bahavis' fingers idly plucked the lute while he spoke.’
- ‘One of the strings on the lute is broken, a deliberate symbol of discord.’
- ‘The theorbo, lute, and guitar are particularly prominent.’
- ‘Instrumental support, which mostly doubles the vocal lines, is provided by bamboo flutes, two-stringed viols, lutes, dulcimer, and panpipes, gently seasoned by percussive punctuation.’
Middle English: from Old French lut, leut, probably via Provençal from Arabic al-‘ūd.
1Liquid clay or cement used to seal a joint, coat a crucible, or protect a graft.
- ‘The source was not readily apparent but was pinpointed, using a portable gas detector, as coming from a lute drain seal.’
- 1.1count noun A rubber seal for a jar.
Seal, join, or coat with lute.‘they were luted with a heavy coating of calcined chalk and eggshells’
- ‘Finally the flares of the mold must be luted to provide a seal between mold and bar so that the weld metal will not escape during the actual welding process.’
- ‘Finally, you should lute the orthodontic brackets using only light-activated resins, if possible.’
Late Middle English: from Old French lut or medieval Latin lutum, a special use of Latin lutum ‘potter's clay’.
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