\ ˈlüt How to pronounce lute (audio) \

Definition of lute

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a stringed instrument having a large pear-shaped body, a vaulted back, a fretted fingerboard, and a head with tuning pegs which is often angled backward from the neck


luted; luting

Definition of lute (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to seal or cover (something, such as a joint or surface) with lute

Definition of lute (Entry 3 of 4)

: a substance (such as cement or clay) for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid
variants: or luteo-

Definition of lute- (Entry 4 of 4)

: corpus luteum luteal

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of lute

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lute

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle French lut, from Old Occitan laut, from Arabic al-ʽūd, literally, the wood


Middle English, from Latin lutare, from lutum mud — more at pollute

Combining form

New Latin (corpus) luteum

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The first known use of lute was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lute. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈlüt How to pronounce lute (audio) \

Kids Definition of lute

: a musical instrument with a pear-shaped body and usually paired strings played with the fingers


\ ˈlüt How to pronounce lute (audio) \

Medical Definition of lute

: a substance (as cement or clay) for packing a joint (as in laboratory apparatus) or coating a porous surface to produce imperviousness to gas or liquid

Other Words from lute

lute transitive verb luted; luting

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