lu·​te·​nist | \ ˈlü-tə-nist How to pronounce lutenist (audio) , ˈlüt-nist \
variants: or lutanist

Definition of lutenist

: a lute player

Examples of lutenist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At times, songs would be published with a bass line, allowing the lutenist to add harmonies and style that pointed to the song’s words. Sheryl Devore,, 27 Oct. 2021 Said to have been an extraordinary lutenist, Dowland was ever conniving, ever complaining, ever in debt, ever ingratiating himself in court, ever scheming. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2020 If a lutenist happened to be on the Mayflower, as has been presumed on a new recording, the journey would have included luminous lute dances — pavanes, galliards and alemandes — by England’s greatest living and gloomiest composer, John Dowland. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2020 The idea behind this recital from a noted countertenor and a lutenist is simple: Shakespeare’s words, set to music, interspersed with readings from the playwright, given by the actor Simon Jones. David Allen, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2018 Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society presents lutenist Ronn McFarlane. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, 22 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lutenist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of lutenist

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lutenist

Medieval Latin lutanista, from lutana lute, probably from Middle French lut lute

Learn More About lutenist

Time Traveler for lutenist

Time Traveler

The first known use of lutenist was in 1600

See more words from the same year

Statistics for lutenist

Cite this Entry

“Lutenist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!