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See also: flûte and flûté




Etymology 1Edit

From Old French flaute, from Provençal flaut, ultimately from three possibilities:

  • Blend of Provencal flaujol (flageolet) + laut (lute)
  • From Latin flare (to blow)
  • Imitative.


flute (woodwind instrument)

flute (plural flutes)

  1. (music) 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.
    • Alexander Pope
      The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.
  2. (music, colloquial) A recorder, also a woodwind instrument.
  3. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  4. 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
  5. (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
  6. A long French bread roll.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)
  7. An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
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fluted pillars

flute (third-person singular simple present flutes, present participle fluting, simple past and past participle fluted)

  1. (intransitive) To play on a flute.
  2. (intransitive) To make a flutelike sound.
  3. (transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound.
  4. (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.).
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Etymology 2Edit

Compare French flûte (a transport)?, Dutch fluit.


flute (plural flutes)

  1. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

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flute f (plural flutes)

  1. Alternative spelling of flûte

Usage notesEdit

This spelling was a product of the 1990 French spelling reforms.

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  1. First-person singular present of fluten.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of fluten.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of fluten.
  4. Imperative singular of fluten.