• Lute


    • IPA: /luːt/
    • Rhymes: -uːt
    • Homophones: loot

    Origin 1

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

    Full definition of lute



    (plural lutes)
    1. A fretted stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, having a bowl-shaped body or soundbox.


    1. To play on a lute, or as if on a lute.
      • TennysonKnaves are men
        That lute and flute fantastic tenderness.

    Origin 2

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



    (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.


    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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