lute

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English[edit]

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A man playing a lute

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French lut (modern luth), from Old French leüt, probably from Old Provençal laüt, from Arabic العود (al-‘ūd, wood) (probably representing an Andalusian Arabic or North African pronunciation).

Noun[edit]

lute (plural lutes)

  1. A fretted stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, having a bowl-shaped body or soundbox.
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Verb[edit]

lute (third-person singular simple present lutes, present participle luting, simple past and past participle luted)

  1. To play on a lute, or as if on a lute.
    • Tennyson
      Knaves are men / That lute and flute fantastic tenderness.
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    (Can we find and add a quotation of Keats to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French lut, ultimately from Latin lutum (mud).

Noun[edit]

lute (plural lutes)

  1. Thick sticky clay or cement used to close up a hole or gap, especially to make something air-tight.
  2. A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc.
  3. (brickmaking) A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mould.

Verb[edit]

lute (third-person singular simple present lutes, present participle luting, simple past and past participle luted)

  1. To fix or fasten something with lute.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘A Friend's Friend’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005, p. 179:
      To protect everything till it dried, a man [] luted a big blue paper cap from a cracker, with meringue-cream, low down on Jevon's forehead.

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lute

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of lutar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of lutar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of lutar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of lutar