\ ˈüd How to pronounce oud (audio) \

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 Couples sat on park benches under the stars, listening to a Saudi musician playing the oud, a stringed instrument popular in the Middle East. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Actors, models social media influencers face backlash for attending festival in Saudi Arabia," 24 Dec. 2019 Here, Berber drums beat in surprising rhythms, and music played on ouds, an instrument like an 11-string lute, reflects the country’s Arabic roots. National Geographic, "Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey," 23 July 2019 There are guitar forerunners here: an oud, a theorbo, a charrango (with a soundbox made of armadillo skin). Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Guitars, stars, and attitude," 11 July 2019 But bit by bit, more of the music gets played live in front of you, adding to the vibrancy of Yazbek’s songs (the nine-piece ensemble generates Middle Eastern breezes with combinations of violin, cello, reeds and oud). Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center," 11 July 2019 Yet there are similarities to Middle Eastern dancing partly because of the instruments used, which include stringed instruments such as the oud and kanun, the violin-like kemenche and various modes of percussion. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Place," 26 June 2018 The Mayans were drinking the chocolate hundreds of years ago, and the oud has been used for over 1,000 years on the other side of the planet. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Here’s How Louis Vuitton Makes a Next-Level Cologne," 21 June 2018 Others sang and danced to the beat of the traditional darbuka drum and oud. Salma Islam, latimes.com, "A long-distance hiking trail in Egypt has reunited Bedouin tribes in the name of jobs and tourism," 21 June 2018 On our last night, an impromptu concert unfolded in the dining room as waiters began playing flutes, drums and an oud in honor of a passenger’s birthday. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "A Nile Cruise With Retro-Glamour Appeal," 30 May 2018

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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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27 Dec 2019

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“Oud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oud. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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