Strad·​i·​var·​i·​us ˌstra-də-ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce Stradivarius (audio)
plural Stradivarii ˌstra-də-ˈver-ē-ˌī How to pronounce Stradivarius (audio)
: a stringed instrument (such as a violin) made by Antonio Stradivari of Cremona

Examples of Stradivarius in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No doubt Joshua Bell’s production at that train station would have been received very differently had people known who the guy playing that 300-year-old Stradivarius was. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Stop in to see the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet and, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, catch the changing of the Royal Guard. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 21 Sep. 2023 The Palace is also home to the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet and hosts changing of the guards ceremonies on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 In his debut novel, Slocum introduces readers to Ray McMillan, a rising star in the classical music world whose priceless family Stradivarius is stolen before one of the world’s biggest music competitions. Donna Wares, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History


latinized form of Stradivari

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Stradivarius was in 1833

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“Stradivarius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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