Meaning of FLUTE in English


I. ˈflüt noun

Etymology: Middle English floute, from Anglo-French floute, fleute, from Old French flaüte, probably of imitative origin

Date: 14th century


a. : recorder 3

b. : a keyed woodwind instrument consisting of a cylindrical tube which is stopped at one end and which has a side hole over which air is blown to produce the tone and having a range from middle C upward for three octaves

2. : something long and slender: as

a. : a tall slender wineglass

b. : a grooved pleat (as on a hat brim)

3. : a rounded groove ; specifically : one of the vertical parallel grooves on a classical architectural column

• flute·like -ˌlīk adjective

• fluty or flut·ey ˈflü-tē adjective


flute 1b


II. verb

( flut·ed ; flut·ing )

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to play a flute

2. : to produce a flutelike sound

transitive verb

1. : to utter with a flutelike sound

2. : to form flutes in

• flut·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.