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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lutenist was in 1600

Cite this Entry

“Lutenist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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