lu·​thi·​er | \ ˈlü-tē-ər How to pronounce luthier (audio) , -thē-ər \

Definition of luthier

: one who makes stringed musical instruments (such as violins or guitars)

Examples of luthier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The desperate young man made a point of showing up to see a band one night where the luthier, Doug Naselroad, was performing. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Making guitars saved a man from opioid addiction. Now others are getting the same help," 18 Sep. 2020 Duffy’s remarkable photographs take up roughly half of the book, interspersed with detailed storytelling from Van Buren, snippets of conversation between Duffy and Vines and prophetic-sounding soliloquies from the veteran luthier. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Remarkable Life and Work of Guitar Maker Freeman Vines," 1 Sep. 2020 But throughout his career, Robinson has also used instruments made by boutique luthiers. Matt Wake |, al, "The story behind The Black Crowes’ Alabama-made guitar," 31 Oct. 2013 The guitar Prince plays in this climactic scene was custom-made for him by a luthier at a Minneapolis music shop called Knut-Koupee Enterprises. Amanda Petrusich, Smithsonian, "Here’s the Guitar That Prince Revolutionized Music With in ‘Purple Rain’," 19 Sep. 2019 Tangled String Studios Lowe Mill 2211 Seminole Drive 256-797-1382 12 - 5 p.m. Free to visit, guitars around $3,000 and up Not every city is home to a world-class luthier. Matt Wake |, al, "The ultimate Huntsville weekend: 30 local must-do’s," 27 Sep. 2019 Musicians, luthiers, and scientists have tried for decades to figure out what gives a Strad its beautiful sound, yet no one has ever quite replicated it. Chuck Squatriglia, Popular Science, "Inside the extraordinary experiment to save the Stradivarius sound," 10 Jan. 2020 His prior vocation greatly influences his luthier work. Matt Wake |, al, "The story behind The Black Crowes’ Alabama-made guitar," 31 Oct. 2013 My uncle Ron Fletcher, a luthier, got up from a workbench at his home, in Lower Manhattan, and looked south out a window, down Lispenard Street. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of luthier

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for luthier

French, from luth lute (from Middle French lut)

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28 Sep 2020

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“Luthier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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