noun \ˈflüt\

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a thin pipe and that is played by blowing across a hole near one end

: a tall, thin glass that is used for drinking champagne

Full Definition of FLUTE

a :  recorder 3
b :  a keyed woodwind instrument consisting of a cylindrical tube which is stopped at one end and which has a side hole over which air is blown to produce the tone and having a range from middle C upward for three octaves
:  something long and slender: as
a :  a tall slender wineglass
b :  a grooved pleat (as on a hat brim)
:  a rounded groove; specifically :  one of the vertical parallel grooves on a classical architectural column
flute·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
fluty or flut·ey \ˈflü-tē\ adjective

Illustration of FLUTE

Origin of FLUTE

Middle English floute, from Anglo-French floute, fleute, from Old French flaüte, probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue



Definition of FLUTE

intransitive verb
:  to play a flute
:  to produce a flutelike sound
transitive verb
:  to utter with a flutelike sound
:  to form flutes in
flut·er noun

First Known Use of FLUTE

14th century
FLUTELIKE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈflüt\

Definition of FLUTE for Kids

:  a woodwind instrument in the form of a slender tube open at one end that is played by blowing across a hole near the closed end


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