lu·​thi·​er ˈlü-tē-ər How to pronounce luthier (audio)
: one who makes stringed musical instruments (such as violins or guitars)

Examples of luthier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The museum houses Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri violins and cellos dating back to the 16th century, as well as recent masterworks by the world’s best luthiers. Julie Orringer, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 Likely the first commercial banjo maker in the United States was German immigrant luthier William Boucher Jr., who set up shop downtown in the 1840s. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2024 Burgess grew up in Boston, studying at Indiana University and later apprenticing under luthier Otis Tomas in Nova Scotia. Caroline Eubanks, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2024 Kar’s Char’s Lowe Mill neighbors include vinyl destination Vertical House Records, guitar luthier Tangled String and chocolatier Pizzelle’s Confections. Matt Wake |, al, 28 Aug. 2023 Now, his violin is being repaired by a luthier in Lviv. Ben Miller, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Specimens can earn a few thousand dollars each at a lumberyard, from which the wood will eventually find its way to specialty furniture makers and luthiers. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 1 July 2022 Beginning with a gateway 2011 purchase of a 1725 violin crafted by the Venetian luthier Santo Serafino, Noseda’s collection comprises instruments from luthiers rooted in and around his home region of Lombardy. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 Later, an Armenian American luthier tried to remake it as an Armenian instrument, with disastrous results. Jaron Lanier, The New Yorker, 22 July 2023

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Word History


French, from luth lute (from Middle French lut)

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luthier was in 1879

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“Luthier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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