: 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 This cultural blend has created a new sound, merging Western genres with traditional Arabic instruments such as the nay, tabla, and oud, and distinct Arabic drum patterns and Arabic scales. Sara Ibrahim, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2024 With top notes of cardamom and dried rose petals, mid notes of red wine, mahogany, and patchouli, and base notes of vanilla, black musk, and oud, Cold Cases is a rich, deep, woodsy scent, evoking a mysterious and even slightly ominous atmosphere. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024 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 See all Example Sentences for oud 

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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