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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If one of them needs repair or restoration, their owners — wealthy collectors and world-class performers, mostly — call John Becker, a master luthier with a shop in downtown Chicago. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 26 Jan. 2023 The instrument was made in 1922 by Carl Becker Sr., an American luthier, or maker of string instruments. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2022 All the violins produced combination tones, with the strongest coming from a 1700 Italian violin made by the famous luthier Carlo Annibale Tononi, followed by another older violin. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2022 While the luthier doesn't disclose private sales, a violin of his sold for a final price of $132,000 in March 2019 via Tarisio's auction house. The Indianapolis Star, 21 Sep. 2022 Seven years ago, Shawn Weimer started Zoe Guitars, a custom luthier business in Oceanside named after his infant granddaughter, Zoe. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 However, a great luthier can make most any wood sound incredible. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 The luthier suggested his own veneering technique, involving a spray-on liquid that stabilizes the wood from cracking under severe heat. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 22 Apr. 2022 And who better to build it than Reuben Forsland, the Canadian luthier who had crafted Slash’s guitar? Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Luthier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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