From Middle English fleute, floute, flote, from Old French flaute, from Provençal flaut, of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately from three possibilities:
- Blend of Provencal flaujol (“flageolet”) + laut (“lute”)
- From Latin flātus (“blowing”), from flāre (“to blow”)
flute (plural flutes)
- A woodwind instrument consisting of a tube with a row of holes that produce sound through vibrations caused by air blown across the edge of the holes, often tuned by plugging one or more holes with a finger; the Western concert flute, a transverse side-blown flute of European origin.
- 1709, Alexander Pope, “January and May; or, The Merchant’s Tale, from Chaucer”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], published 1717, →OCLC, page 217:
- The breathing flute's ſoft notes are heard around, / And the ſhril trumpets mix their ſilver ſound; / The vaulted roofs vvith echoing muſic ring, / Theſe touch the vocal ſtops, and thoſe the trembling ſtring.
- (colloquial) A recorder, also a woodwind instrument.
- A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
- A lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a classical column, or a groove on a cutting tool (such as a drill bit, endmill, or reamer), which helps to form both a cutting edge and a channel through which chips can escape
- (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
- A long French bread roll, baguette.
- An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
- A shuttle in weaving tapestry etc.
- (as a specific instrument, a transverse, side-blown flute): Western concert flute
- (as a general category of musical instruments): edge-blown aerophone
helical groove going up a drill bit
architecture: vertical groove in a pillar
- ^ 1858, Peter Lund Simmonds, The Dictionary of Trade Products
- 1999. How to Love Your Flute: A Guide to Flutes and Flute Playing. Mark Shepard. Pg. 6.
flute (third-person singular simple present flutes, present participle fluting, simple past and past participle fluted)
- (intransitive) To play on a flute.
- (intransitive) To make a flutelike sound.
- 1895, S. R. Crockett, A Cry Across the Black Water:
- The green turf was velvet underfoot. The blackbirds fluted in the hazels there.
- (transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, →OCLC:
- “Oh, there's my precious Poppet,” said Phyllis, as a distant barking reached the ears. “He's asking for his dinner, the sweet little angel. All right, darling, Mother's coming,” she fluted, and buzzed off on the errand of mercy.
- (transitive) To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).
- champagne flute
- fluted (adjective)
to play flute
to make a flutelike sound
to utter with flutelike sound
to form flutes
Compare French flûte (“a transport”)?, Dutch fluit.
flute (plural flutes)
- flute on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Flute in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
flute f (plural flutes)
- “flute”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of fluten:
From flûte, from French flûte, from Old French fleüte, from Old Occitan flaut.
flute m (invariable)