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)

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Recent Examples on the Web South Hill is a prime example of how the local scene has evolved: in 2014, Selin was a luthier, repairing and restoring stringed instruments, and was making cider at home. Jason Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2021 Every instrument in this Boyle Heights shop is handcrafted by third-generation luthier Tomas Delgado, who has built guitars for Raúl Pacheco of Ozomatli, the Breeders’ Kim Deal and Jose Feliciano, among others. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 In the four and a half centuries since the Cremonese luthier Andrea Amati helped bring the modern-day violin to life, the instrument has become an object of near-religious devotion. Jennifer Gerste, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 If the violin world errs conservative, the reasons, according to the luthier Julie Reed-Yeboah, are self-evident. Jennifer Gerste, The New Yorker, 2 July 2021 Helping with the practical side of things is Professor in Practice Keith Medley, a luthier whose experience includes work for one of the major American guitar makers. al, 10 June 2021 Playing a blue bass custom-made by Huntsville luthier Tom Shepard, Anderson became a tasteful bassist, whether using a pick or his fingers. Matt Wake |, al, 12 Apr. 2021 Acosta’s father, Miguel Acosta, was a guitar and bajo sexto luthier and innovator. Hector Saldana,, 13 Jan. 2021 Made by Antonio Stradivari, an Italian master luthier, the violins are regarded as among the world’s best and most valuable because of their beautiful tone and craftsmanship. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020

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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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“Luthier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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