Stradivarius

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Stradivari family, and that either from the plural of Stradivare ‎(toll-man) in Lombard, or from de Strataverta itself from strada averta ‎(open road) in Cremonese dialect.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌstɹadɪˈvɛəɹɪəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌstɹædəˈvɛɹiəs/

Noun[edit]

Stradivarius ‎(plural Stradivariuses or Stradivarii)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument built by members of the Stradivari family, particularly Antonio Stradivari.
  2. (music) A violin made by another manufacturer, named to capitalise on the fame of the instruments made by Antonio Stradivari
  3. A name invoked as a standard of excellence in unrelated fields
    A Bath boat is the Stradivarius of destroyers!

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