lute

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noun (1)

: 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

Illustration of lute

Illustration of lute

lute

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verb

luted; luting

transitive verb

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

lute

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noun (2)

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

lute-

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combining form

variants or luteo-
: corpus luteum
luteal

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Verb

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

Combining form

New Latin (corpus) luteum

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lute

noun

ˈlüt
: a musical instrument resembling a guitar but with a pear-shaped body

Medical Definition

lute

noun

: 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
lute transitive verb
luted; luting

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