: a musical instrument of the lute family used in southwest Asia and northern Africa

Examples of oud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Candles are always a safe choice, so grab this top seller on Amazon that comes in sophisticated packaging and smells like jasmine, sandalwood and oud. Kelsey Chapman, ABC News, 8 May 2024 Clarissa Bitar is a Palestinian oud player and music producer based in Southern California—we're performing together in April for Arab American Heritage Month in New Jersey. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Apr. 2024 The candle itself has fragrance notes of jasmine, incense, oud, vetiver, and tonka. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 Dec. 2023 His dances are accompanied by a diverse range of musical genres, including classical compositions by Gabriel Fauré and George Frideric Handel, along with works by Japanese classical composer Somei Satoh, Nubian oud master Hamza El Din and Indian tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 His openness to traditional Arabic melodies, their intricacies and his mesmerizing oud playing greatly benefited me. Hala Mustafa, Billboard, 8 Jan. 2024 Find it on Amazon Tom Ford Oud Wood Wrapping both men and women in a warm blend of oud, rosewood, and cardamom, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood is a luxurious choice. Jose Ryller, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 His Instagram page is a blend of city and desert, and when dinner is over he films his father playing the oud to post on his Instagram Stories. Emma Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2023 But that’s not how all players experience their ouds. Jaron Lanier, The New Yorker, 22 July 2023

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Word History


Arabic ʽūd, literally, wood

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oud was in 1738

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“Oud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oud. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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