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Definition of oud

: 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 With key notes of sandalwood, Chinese pepper and oud wood, this cologne will give any guy a scent that's absolutely swoonworthy. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 The heart of Indonesian oud, French lavender, and Bulgarian rose is topped with refined hints of Afghan saffron and white galbanum. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The Silkroad musicians accompanying Azmeh and Mourad are bassist Shawn Conley, cellist Karen Ouzounian, oud player Issam Rafea, percussionist Shane Shanahan and violinist Layale Chaker. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 This Silk Road Ensemble performance will include five musicians on percussion, oud, bass, violin and cello. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 Sweet and dark, whiskey, tobacco and oud provide the time travel. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Farhad befriends the protagonist, Omar (Amir El-Masry), who had been a talented oud player before fleeing Syria. Stuart Miller, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 Reflecting Sudan’s far-ranging musical heritage, Mr. Elkabli performed solo with an oud (a lute) or backed by a big-band orchestra, and his songs addressed love, folk song themes of heroism and chivalry, and politics. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 Its intense allure artfully blends into a drydown of precious oud, suede, and smoked musk, creating a powerful, almost mineral encounter that redefines the oriental structure. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of oud

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oud

Arabic ʽūd, literally, wood

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19 Apr 2022

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“Oud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oud. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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