lute·​string ˈlüt-(ˌ)striŋ How to pronounce lutestring (audio)
: a plain glossy silk formerly much used for women's dresses and ribbons

Word History


by folk etymology from Italian lustrino glossy fabric, from lustro luster

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lutestring was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Lutestring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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