Definition of archlute in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärCHˌlo͞ot/


A bass lute with an extended neck and unstopped bass strings.
Example sentences
  • Baschenis' paintings have the spareness and dramatic lighting of Caravaggio's, but in his still lifes, the lutes, archlutes, violins, guitars, and cellos usually appear without human accompaniment.
  • Another delight is the appearance of the archlute, the theorbo, and the Baroque guitar, particularly in the slow movements, where their mellow plucking ticks off the gentle seconds.
  • The archlute and the chitarrone or theorbo had, in addition to the strings on the fingerboard, open bass strings on an extended neck with a second pegbox.


Mid 17th century: from French archiluth, from archi- 'chief' + luth (see lute1).

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Syllabification: arch·lute

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