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 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, "Why do we feel better after a good cry? In John Dowland’s music, tears open the soul," 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, "Why do we feel better after a good cry? In John Dowland’s music, tears open the soul," 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, "6 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society presents lutenist Ronn McFarlane. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "Grab a pen. This fall arts calendar is jam-packed, from ‘La La’ to Ella, ‘Rent’ to Ravel," 22 Aug. 2017

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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

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“Lutenist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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